The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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. 

Triple tobacco tax, prevent 200 million deaths

Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Boosting tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would encourage people to quit smoking altogether rather than switch to a cheaper brand, and would help stop young people from starting, concludes the review, Global Effects of Smoking, of Quitting and of Taxing Tobacco.

Palau bans sale of duty-free tobacco

Palau has passed a number of regulations that will make tobacco more expensive in the country from 1 January 2014.

It is widely accepted that price increases are the most effective way to reduce tobacco consumption, and to discourage potential young smokers from starting.

In the New Year the Pacific Island nation will join Nepal and Romania as countries that completely ban the sale of duty-free tobacco.