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Anti-Tobacco Advocates Want More Draconian Taxes Imposed On Tobacco Products
Category :- Health Author :- isidore abah 
Posted on September 2, 2017, 12:00 am

Anti-tobacco advocates in Cameroon under the umbrella of the Cameroonian Coalition for Tobacco Control (C3T) has urged the Government to impose more draconian taxes on tobacco products in the country.

According to them, such taxes will not only reduce the consumption of tobacco products in Cameroon, but it will also enable Government to generate a circa FCFA 232 billion annually.

The anti-tobacco crusaders were speaking in Yaoundé, during a media dialogue forum organised by C3T with representatives of Government Ministries, international and Civil Society Organisations, religious and traditional authorities.T

The dialogue forum was placed under the theme: “Contribution of tobacco control in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Cameroon.”

Speaking at the occasin, Prince Mpondo, C3T President of Tobacco Control, highlighted many laws in Cameroon that prohibit the sale and consumption of tobacco products around school environments.

According to him, tobacco is one of the major causes of non-communicable disease and the second major cause of pulmonary cancer.

“For every one million smokers of cigarettes, some 7 million passive smokers are affected. Tobacco is the only product in the world today that kills one out of every two consumers,” he said.

 He decried that in Cameroon, the tobacco industry pays only FCFA 2,900 as tax for every 1000 sticks of cigarettes sold. “If the tax on tobacco and its products in Cameroon is moved to 70 percent as is the case in many other countries, it will yield FCFA 232 billion for the State annually.”

Participants at the dialogue forum, pushed for the adoption of a national tobacco control law in Cameroon in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ( FCTC).

They also called for an increase in the taxation of tobacco products; the creation of smoke-free environments in Cameroon and a ban of advertisement on tobacco

 

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