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Africa: Increased Taxes, Regulation Key to Fighting Tobacco 'Epidemic,' Says UN Health Agency

The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco "epidemic" and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.

In a press release marking the conclusion of the Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the UN health agency underscored the passing of Article 6 - a "landmark" decision taken by delegates in an effort to reduce the global consumption of tobacco, noting that taxation is "a very effective tool" for influencing the prices of tobacco and its demand.

"Higher taxes usually lead to higher prices, which in turn lead to lower consumption," declared the WHO press release which added that the new regulations provided for tax rates to be "monitored, increased and adjusted annually" and be taxed in "a comparable way to prevent substitutions of the use of one product with another."

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