People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- January 6, 2012
Togo's tobacco excise tax rose five per cent in the 2012 budget.
The proposed tax for 2012 was 35 per cent, but last December parliamentarians recommended it increase by 10 per cent because of the positive health impact. After debate, a 5 per cent increase was agreed.
Since June 2011, the organisations ANCE-TOGO and the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) have met authorities from the Ministry of Finance, as well as parliamentarian groups, to sensitise them about the importance of tobacco taxes.
Raising the price of tobacco is recognised as the most effective way to cut tobacco consumption.
Togo's tobacco excise tax rose by 5 per cent in 2008, 2009 and 2010. With the latest increase the excise tax rate is 40 per cent. Togo is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, which recommends a ceiling tobacco tax of 45 per cent.
"Those successive increases show the willingness of Togolese authorities to fight tobacco consumption by steady tax increases," said Tcha-Kondor Nouréiny, Tax Campaign Coordinator at ATCA.
"This is a good example for other countries in the sub-region," he added.