The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

UN mission to Congo highlights importance of tobacco taxation

 

Members of the UN missionPolicy on tobacco taxation was a focus of a United Nations mission that visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in July.

Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.

The government had:

FCA and partners celebrate recognition of key role of tobacco taxation

FCA and other global public health groups welcome the recommendation from world leaders that governments increase tobacco taxes as a key strategy to reduce tobacco consumption and the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Op-ed published on tobacco tax and sustainable development

An opinion article developed by FCA on tobacco taxation was published by IPS News on 26 May. 

Signed by Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the article argues for tobacco taxation to be highlighted as an effective domestic tool for financing sustainable development.

FCA joins Action/2015 push for global health measures

FCA is joining hundreds of global organisations in launching the Action/2015 campaign to call for health measures (including tobacco control) to be included in the new global goals for human development.

In joining the Action/2015 campaign FCA released a video (below) stressing that health must become a global priority.

Proposal would keep tobacco taxes dangerously low

Graphic shows taxes rising, smoking droppingThe Eurasian Economic Commission is considering adopting a tobacco tax harmonization proposal through the (EEC). If adopted the tobacco tax proposal would leave prices of tobacco products in the region among the lowest in the world, keeping cigarettes cheap and plentiful for young smokers.

The proposal would also undermine all EEC countries’ strong support of FCTC Article 6 at this year’s COP, as well as Russia’s commitment to bring taxes on tobacco products in line with standards set in the Euro region, says a letter from FCA and partner organisations released 10 November 2014.

FCA's COP6 seminar on FCTC guidelines on price and tax measures

Speakers at FCA's seminar on Article 6 at COP6, 2014.On Monday 13 October, FCA held a technical lunch-time seminar at COP6 on the topic of implementation of Article 6 (price and tax measures). The seminar, which was co-hosted by the Department of Finance of the Philippines and the Federal Revenue Secretariat of Brazil, aimed at promoting the adoption of Article 6 guidelines by showcasing several success stories of long-term tax policies.

Groups call for tobacco tax hike in Dominican Republic

The impact of a tobacco tax increaseMedical institutions in the Dominican Republic have signed a manifesto that calls for an increase in tobacco taxes in the country.

The groups note that raising the price of tobacco products is recognised as one of the most effective ways to cut consumption of current tobacco users. It also discourages potential smokers, especially children and youth, from starting. 

“The next steps will be to work with legislators and to keep trying to raise awareness among decision makers, both public and private,” said Dr Sergio Diaz of the Primary Care Centre Juan XXIII in Santiago, Dominican Republic.