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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.

ITIC: A Foundation Directly Sponsored by Transnational Tobacco Companies


  • The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) is a U.S.-based non-profit research and education organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. ITIC describes itself as an independent clearinghouse for best practices in taxation and investment policy that provides “its sponsors a seat at the policymaking table.”
  • ITIC’s main sponsors are large multinational corporations from the oil, alcohol and tobacco industries. ITIC’s sponsors include all of the leading transnational tobacco companies, and its Board of Directors includes representatives from BAT, PMI, JTI and Imperial Tobacco.
  • Internal tobacco industry documents made public through U.S.-based litigation settlements in 1998 disclose that ITIC has long played a role in facilitating the tobacco industry’s access to government officials. For example, a 1997 internal R.J. Reynolds memo describes ITIC’s role in assisting RJR and PMI in favourable tax reform in Russia.
  • ITIC provides advice to governments on tobacco tax issues. They hold workshops and meetings and provide technical advice through paid experts. They sponsor reports on illicit trade, producing illicit trade estimates with poorly defined methodology and often exaggerated rates of illicit trade. ITIC uses their workshops, contacts and research to push for tax systems and rates that benefit the industry over public health.

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International Tobacco Growers’ Association: Frequently Asked Questions


This fact sheet answers two questions:

1. What is the ITGA? Who does the ITGA represent?
2. Why is the ITGA excluded from deliberations of the WHO FCTC?

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Parties should review travel support at COP6

Since 2010, travel support available to FCTC Parties has been officially harmonised with WHO administrative policies (decision FCTC/COP4(21)).

As a result, many Parties are no longer eligible to receive support to participate at COP sessions, working groups and other official meetings.

Official travel support for governments should be reviewed again at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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