People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
COP7 provides an opportunity for Parties to voice their preferred priorities for the 2018-2019 budget and workplan of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, FCTC (provisional agenda item 7.4).
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).
Tobacco control is included in the new, global development goals. But that won't automatically produce more effective tobacco control at country level: for that to happen will require a huge effort from all advocates. This toolkit is designed to help.
Southeast Asian countries are moving at a snail’s pace in implementing effective tobacco tax policies, says the world’s first tobacco tax index, launched by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).
Despite global recognition that high tobacco taxes can reduce consumption and the tobacco-related disease burden, while also raising government revenues, most countries do not have a long-term tobacco tax policy, concudes the index.
Many people now know that tobacco use is the world’s number one cause of preventable death, responsible for over 6 million deaths each year. Thus, the link between tobacco use and the health goal* included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is no surprise.
The illicit trade in tobacco products is a threat both to government finances and to public health.
It robs governments of much needed revenues, and it undermines efforts to reduce tobacco consumption, particularly through the imposition of high levels of tobacco taxation.
Article 5.3: Protection of tobacco control policy from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry
Price and Tax
Article 6: Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco
Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
Article 13: Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
Article 15: Illicit trade in tobacco products
Packaging and Labelling
Article 11: Packaging and labelling of tobacco products
Alternative Livelihoods and Environments
Article 17 & 18: Provision of support for economically viable alternative activities and protection of the environment and the health of persons in respect of tobacco cultivation and manufacture
- Implementation Monitoring