People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The most effective policy for reducing tobacco consumption is to increase the price of tobacco products through tax
Higher taxes are particularly effective in reducing smoking among vulnerable populations, such as youth, pregnant
women, and low-income smokers.
Increasing the price of tobacco through tax increases will decrease its consumption, save lives and raise tax revenue.
Death and disease come to mind first when thinking about the harm caused by tobacco. One billion people will die this century due to tobacco use, unless urgent action is taken. But tobacco also imposes enormous economic costs.
An effective strategy to get the attention of all units of a government is to calculate the cost to the economy associated with the tobacco epidemic and compare this figure with the cost of implementing policies and programmes to address it.
In 2014 an expert group was set up to review and improve how Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control report on their obligations.
The expert group will need to:
Making implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a priority in all countries will be critical to the achievement of the new sustainable development goals, says a new fact sheet.
In October 2014, most of the world’s countries gathered for a meeting about the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). At this meeting, generally known as COP6 (for Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties) delegates adopted guidelines for the implementation of the FCTC article that deals with tobacco taxes, Article 6.
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