The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Fact Sheets

Taxation and price: essential facts


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.

Download: the FCA and Campain for Tobacco-free Kids fact sheet for more information (336KB)


$1trillion and other tobacco price tags

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.

Fact Sheet: Costing action, and inaction, on tobacco control

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.

FCTC reporting: Tracking the tobacco control treaty's progress

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:

Fact sheet - Tobacco: a barrier to sustainable development

Cover3 tobacco susdevMaking 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. 

FCTC guidelines on tobacco tax: what advocates should know

Cover, FCA's guide to Article 6 guidelinesIn 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.