The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tax increases don’t need to wait for the Illicit Trade Protocol

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.

Download the fact sheet, created for World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2015:


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