The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Tobacco taxes funding health programmes in Latin America

CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March 2012. (c) RENATACosta Rica is the most recent Latin American country to dedicate money raised from tobacco taxes to tobacco control.

Taxes in Costa Rica rose 6.5 percent in the tobacco control bill that was signed into law in March 2012 after three years of struggle by tobacco control campaigners. The taxes will be increased regularly as the consumer price index (CPI) rises. 100 percent of the money will go toward tobacco control activities and health promotion.

Costa Rica joins Panama and Ecuador as countries in the region that dedicate tobacco taxes towards tobacco control.

Lao tobacco control fund builds momentum for healthier region - SEATCA

BANGKOK, 25 January 2013 - The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on Thursday congratulated the Lao People's Democratic Republic on passing a decree establishing a tobacco control fund.

The new law will see the fund built on a two percent tax on tobacco industry profits. It will also allow a specific increase of 200 Lao Kip (US$0.03) per cigarette pack, proceeds of which will also go to the tobacco control fund.

176 Parties to the FCTC, not 27

(taken from Thursday's FCA COP5 Bulletin)

The development of guidelines for implementation of Article 6 is one of the most important items on the agenda of COP5. Tax increases are the most effective mechanism to reduce tobacco consumption and simultaneously finance tobacco control and public health activities.

Article 6 of the Treaty recommends: “implementing tax policies and, where appropriate, price policies, on tobacco products so as to contribute to the health objectives aimed at reducing tobacco consumption”. The treaty is clear: the objective is health, by reducing tobacco consumption.

While the treaty text sets out the principles, the guidelines are required to assist Parties in the implementation of effective systems.

COP5 parties must adopt taxation and illicit trade measures


At a press conference in Seoul on Friday, the FCA called on countries to fight the global tobacco epidemic by adopting landmark measures on taxation and illicit trade at the upcoming fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The session takes place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12–17 November 2012, and will comprise representatives from governments (Parties) that have agreed to implement a range of tobacco control measures in the FCTC – from putting graphic warnings on tobacco packages, to banning tobacco advertising, and creating smoke-free spaces.

Study finds tobacco taxes reduce smoking

Raising tobacco prices through taxes could help reduce tobacco consumption in low and middle income countries, a study published in the Tobacco Control journal has found.

Maldives hikes tobacco import taxes

Maldives increased the import duty on cigarettes by 200 per cent on 1 December. The duty on other tobacco products rose 150 per cent.

The increase will be critical in reducing tobacco use and discouraging uptake of the tobacco habit among young people in the South Asian island nation, said Mr. Hassan Mohammed, Head of the Tobacco Control Unit in the Maldivian Ministry of Health.