Increasing Taxes on Tobacco: Advocacy Lessons from Ukraine


Tobacco use in Ukraine is a major public health problem that imposes a substantial health and economic burden on the country. On December 17, 2017, the government passed a seven-year plan (2018-2024) laying out annual increases in the price of cigarettes. This seven-year plan is significant as, for the first time in the history of tobacco excise taxes in Ukraine, annual increases in the specific tax rate imposed on cigarettes are mandatory for many years into the future.

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The Consumption of Illicit Cigarettes in Mexico


IGTC worked in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the Pan-American Health Organization, and CONADIC (Comisión Nacional Contra Las Addiciones) to support the research of  Belén Sáenz de Miera Juárez (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur) and Luz Myriam Reynales Shigematsu (Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública).  This comprehensive, independent study found that the consumption of illicit cigarettes in Mexico is much lower than what the tobacco industry claims (8.8% vs 17%).

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World No Tobacco Day 2015: Beware Illegal Tobacco


The tobacco industry and criminal groups profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs.

Every May 31, the World Health Organization promotes an important tobacco control measure to save lives. Find out more about this year’s theme, illicit trade, through this multi-part series. WHO also offers World No Tobacco Day information and graphics. #NoTobacco

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