FCTC guidelines on tobacco tax: what advocates should know

In 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.

So what makes Article 6 guidelines a big deal? The fact that, for the first time, governments are agreeing on what makes – and what doesn’t make – good tobacco tax policy. That makes the guidelines an exceptionally good tool for advocacy and action.

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