People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Substantial progress has been made in negotiating global controls on illicit trade in tobacco, and governments may be tempted to wait until these controls are in place before improving their tobacco tax policies. This would be a mistake, in two respects.
First, even where illicit trade is present, better policies – which usually start with tobacco tax increases – almost always lead to higher revenues and higher prices, and a corresponding drop in tobacco use.
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- Tax increases don’t need to wait for the Illicit Trade Protocol
- Les gouvernements ne doivent pas attendre de ratifier le Protocole sur le commerce illicite pour augmenter les taxes sur le tabac
- Incrementar los impuestos al tabaco no tiene que esperar la entrada en vigor del Protocolo para eliminar el comercio ilícito de productos del tabaco