The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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World No Tobacco Day 2014: Raising tobacco taxes a win-win for governments

Take a look at the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) image slideshow below to see how FCA members marked the day.

World No Tobacco Day 2014

  • Palau’s president signs a proclamation for WNTD2014.

  • Banners in the streets of Pakistan promote WNTD2014, organised by Coalition for Tobacco Control.

  • Cameroon Coalition Against Tobacco mark WNTD2014 in the capital Yaoundé.

  • Bangladesh PROGGA awards 5 Tobacco Control Journalism awards for WNTD2014.

  • Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance demonstrate with symbolic tobacco products during WNTD2014.

  • Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. (left) and Kambes Kesolei at a WNTD2014 event in Palau. © Merkii Urmakl-Meek

  • Student volunteers distribute smoke-free stickers and smoke-free car stickers to mark WNTD2014.(c) ASH Thailand.

  • COLAT organises a march in Lima, Peru to pass a law for a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

  • Hero supermarkets in Papua, Indonesia, agreed to not sell tobacco for 24 hours.

  • Representatives from Brazil’s National Cancer Institute and the Federal Revenue department explained how tobacco tax increases helped to reduce smoking in Brazil.

  • The community gets behind WNTD2014 during a mass rally in Bhaktapur, Nepal, organised by Health Rights and Tobacco District Network.

  • Members of the Kosrae State Tobacco Control Coalition hold up a banner to mark World No Tobacco Day. (photo courtesy KSTCC).

WHO's poster for World No Tobacco Day 2014.WNTD theme

Raising tobacco taxes helps governments by generating revenue and discouraging smoking, which boosts public health and reduces health care costs.

Tobacco use causes 10 percent of adult deaths worldwide. As a result, this World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), FCA is joining WHO to urge governments to increase tobacco taxes.

Will Malaysia's tobacco 'carve out' be adopted in Pacific trade deal?

The Malaysian Government has proposed that tobacco be excluded, ('carved out') from the provisions of a massive trade and investment deal now being negotiated.

Malaysia's proposal must be supported to protect governments' ability to enact measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and protect the public health of their people, says a brief from the South-East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Shadow Reporting: Monitoring FCTC implementation

Once countries become parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), it’s crucial that they are monitored to ensure that they actually implement and enforce the treaty.

Through its shadow reporting programme, FCA acts like a ‘watch dog’, to do just this.

NCDs, tobacco control and the FCTC

NCDalliance report coverTobacco is so commonplace - globally more than one-quarter of adults use it - that it is easy to overlook how extraordinarily dangerous it is to human health and well-being.

As the only risk factor common to the four main non-communicable disease (NCD) categories, tobacco use now causes 1 in 6 of all NCD deaths.

International Tobacco Growers exposed

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has updated the story behind the International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA), revealing it as one of the organizations "funded and directed by tobacco companies to influence policy makers and the public in favor of the tobacco industry".

"For example, the ITGA claims to represent and promote the cause of 'millions of tobacco farmers' around the world," says the CTFK fact sheet.

CTFK taxation and price fact sheets

The most effective method to reducing tobacco consumption is to increase the price of tobacco products through tax increases. Higher tobacco prices encourage smokers to quit and prevent youth from starting to smoke.  A 10 per cent increase in cigarette prices reduces overall consumption by about 4 per cent in high-income countries and 8 per cent in low/middle-income countries.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has released a new set of fact sheets on taxation and price for tobacco products.

Download: the fact sheets from the CTFK website.