LOME, TOGO – The African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC) congratulates the Togolese government for the five per cent increase in tobacco excise tax in its 2012 budget.
According to Tcha-Kondor Nouréiny, Tax Campaign Coordinator of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), such an increase is a win-win to the Togolese government as ‘it will have a direct impact on both public health and government revenue’.
Studies have shown that higher tobacco taxes reduce tobacco use.
In the previous budget, tobacco excise tax which is an ad valorem tax was 35 per cent. This increase brings the excise tax rate at 40 per cent. Togo is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union in which the recommended ceiling for tobacco tax is 45 per cent.
“Togo is setting a good example in the West African sub-region for the promotion of tobacco taxation policies. We encourage other countries to do the same,” said Dr. Ebeh Kodjo Fabrice, ATCA Executive Secretary.