06 Jan 2012
Since June 2011, the organisations ANCE-TOGO and the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) have met authorities from the Ministry of Finance, as well as parliamentarian groups, to sensitise them about the importance of tobacco taxes.
Raising the price of tobacco is recognised as the most effective way to cut tobacco consumption.
Togo’s tobacco excise tax rose by 5 per cent in 2008, 2009 and 2010. With the latest increase the excise tax rate is 40 per cent. Togo is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, which recommends a ceiling tobacco tax of 45 per cent.
“Those successive increases show the willingness of Togolese authorities to fight tobacco consumption by steady tax increases,” said Tcha-Kondor Nouréiny, Tax Campaign Coordinator at ATCA.
“This is a good example for other countries in the sub-region,” he added.