Price and Tax: The FCTC Commitments

18 Aug 2008

Under Article 6.1 of the FCTC, ‘Parties recognize that price and tax measures are an effective and important means of reducing tobacco consumption by various segments of the population, in particular young persons’.

Each Party should therefore adopt or maintain measures that may include implementing tax policies and price policies on tobacco products to contribute to reducing tobacco consumption, and prohibiting or restricting sales to and/or importations by international travelers of tax and duty-free tobacco products (Article 6.2).

Under Article 6.3, Parties agree to provide rates of taxation for tobacco products and trends in tobacco consumption in their periodic reports to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the FCTC in accordance with Article 21.  

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