The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

World Bank: tobacco taxes can help in troubled economic times

Governments should consider the role of tobacco taxes in weathering the current financial storm, say two World Bank experts in a recent blog post. Such “corrective taxes” can generate positive social benefits and raise much needed revenue.

NGOs gear up to accelerate FCTC implementation in The Gambia

Workshop organised by RAID - The Gambia FCAers in The Gambia have launched a two-year project aimed at accelerating sustainable implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the West African country.

Ukraine hikes tobacco tax again

Tobacco control activists demonstrate in Ukraine on World No Tobacco Day 2015The Government of the Ukraine continues to push up the rate of excise taxes that it levies on tobacco products.

The latest hike of 40 percent, as of 1 Jan. 2016, follows on three increases in 2015 that totalled 40 percent. It should result in prices increasing generally by 20-25 percent, according to the NGO Advocacy Center LIFE, a member of the Framework Convention Alliance.

Raising awareness results in higher tobacco taxes in Iran

Educating policy-makers about the impacts of tobacco taxation is an effective way to get taxes raised, found a recent study in Iran.

JOB: Associate Director, International Research, CTFK

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids seeks an Associate Director of Research for the International Advocacy Resource Centre.

Beware ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns SEATCA

South-East Asian governments should be wary of recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns an FCA member organisation.

Released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC), the manual promotes the interests of the tobacco industry and should not be considered a tool to help governments, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Pacific Islands newsletter #3, 2015

Read the latest tobacco control news from the Pacific Islands in the 3rd newsletter from 2015. Contents include:

Financing the fight against NCDs

NCD Alliance Executive Director Katie DainIn 2011, non-government organisations (NGOs) provided more aid to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) than did bilateral donors.

And they gave almost as much as multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a new article in The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology.