The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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. 

FCA and partners hold workshop on tobacco taxation in Chile


Chile’s Congress is considering a significant increase in tobacco taxes after a workshop organized by FCA and partners to mark World No Tobacco Day 2014. 

Raising tobacco prices is recognised as one of the most effective tobacco control measures.

Chile has put in place measures to reduce tobacco use in recent years, including adopting a new tobacco control law in 2013, but prices are still comparatively low, and adult and youth tobacco consumption remains the highest in Latin America. 

World No Tobacco Day 2014

Take a look at the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) image slideshow below to see how FCA members marked the day.

World No Tobacco Day 2014

  • Palau’s president signs a proclamation for WNTD2014.

  • Banners in the streets of Pakistan promote WNTD2014, organised by Coalition for Tobacco Control.

  • Cameroon Coalition Against Tobacco mark WNTD2014 in the capital Yaoundé.

  • Bangladesh PROGGA awards 5 Tobacco Control Journalism awards for WNTD2014.

  • Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance demonstrate with symbolic tobacco products during WNTD2014.

  • Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. (left) and Kambes Kesolei at a WNTD2014 event in Palau. © Merkii Urmakl-Meek

  • Student volunteers distribute smoke-free stickers and smoke-free car stickers to mark WNTD2014.(c) ASH Thailand.

  • COLAT organises a march in Lima, Peru to pass a law for a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

  • Hero supermarkets in Papua, Indonesia, agreed to not sell tobacco for 24 hours.

  • Representatives from Brazil’s National Cancer Institute and the Federal Revenue department explained how tobacco tax increases helped to reduce smoking in Brazil.

  • The community gets behind WNTD2014 during a mass rally in Bhaktapur, Nepal, organised by Health Rights and Tobacco District Network.

  • Members of the Kosrae State Tobacco Control Coalition hold up a banner to mark World No Tobacco Day. (photo courtesy KSTCC).

FCAers go on air to explain tobacco epidemic in Africa

Tobacco control advocates answered the question ‘Why is smoking increasing in Africa?’ on an episode of the Voice of America programme Straight Talk Africa, on 28 May. 

Two main reasons explain the growing use of tobacco on the continent, said Joshua Kyallo, Africa Programme Director for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). 

Civil society, WHO, join hands to promote tobacco taxes in South-East Asia

A SEATCA graphic for World No Tobacco Day 2014.The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific. 

It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue. 

Tobacco taxes rising in Ukraine; NGO warns against ‘warehousing’

An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free law.Thanks to civil society protests, the Ukraine Government will increase tobacco taxes by 25 percent on 1 July 2014.

After the government announced a planned increase of just eight percent, activists protested. They campaigned in the media, picketed the office of the Cabinet of Ministers and contacted the Ministry of Finance, until the government relented.