The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Fact Sheets

World's first tobacco tax index

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.

Tobacco use hinders development in many ways

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. 

Illicit trade in tobacco: beware industry solutions

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.

Tax increases don’t need to wait for the Illicit Trade Protocol

Substantial progress has been made in negotiating global controls on illicit trade in tobacco, and governments may be tempted to wait until these controls are in place before improving their tobacco tax policies. This would be a mistake, in two respects.

NOW is the time to raise tobacco taxes

At COP6 in 2014, Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted guidelines on FCTC Article 6, dealing with price and tax measures. The guidelines mark the first time that governments came together and agreed on what makes – and what doesn’t make – good tobacco tax policy. 

Strengthening the tobacco control treaty on the ground

When governments established the working group (WG) on sustainable measures for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2012, FCA immediately started advocating for sufficient resources so that the WG could hold meetings and take other action required to address its mandate.