Background of tobacco tax program

The Tobaccco Tax Pogram is SEATCA’s program for intervening specifically on the area of
tobacco taxation and pictorial health warning in the region. It recognizes specific interventions recommended under WHO FCTC relating to the reduction of tobacco demand through price
and tax measures (Article 6) and packaging and labeling of tobacco products (Article 11).

Tobacco Tax Program is on phase three of a five-year program that targets six low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Tobacco Tax Program uses globally-proven evidence to encourage governments to adopt more progressive tobacco tax regimes that will lower smoking incidence while at the same time increase government revenues that can further assist national health and social development programs.

Tobacco Tax Program Objective

Support the implementation of the FCTC Article 6 according to the FCTC Article 6 Guidelines in six target countries.

Simplified, uniform and specific tobacco taxation regimes with real and regular
tobacco tax increases in ​six​ target countries.

Elements of the SEATCA organizational model incorporated into other regional alliances for tobacco control in developing countries.

As a South-to-South initiative, the program also seeks technical assistance and mentorship for each target country provided by their own neighbors: Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Other project partners include the World Health Organization, World Bank, University of Cape Town in South Africa, and the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne in Australia.


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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.