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World Health Organization Approves Global Tobacco Tax Hike in Secret Moscow Session

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday (14 October) approved a measure requiring countries across the world to raise the excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“I am proud to be the No. 1 enemy of the tobacco industry. That is a badge of honor for me.”

- Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

WHO delegates met in Moscow this week and voted to move forward on the implementation of a key part of the 2003 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The international tobacco tax provision will mandate all the countries who signed on the UN anti-tobacco agreement –which includes all the major countries except the United States, Switzerland and Indonesia, to implement a tax equivalent to at least 70 per cent of the retail price of the tobacco products.

WHO officials have said that the hike in tax is justified, as tobacco creates an economic burden on the society with the higher health care costs borne out of tobacco-related diseases.

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