World No Tobacco Day 2014: Raise taxes on tobacco

Countries in WHO’s South-East Asia Region are home to 25% of the world’s smoking and 90% of the world’s smokeless tobacco users. Higher taxes on tobacco products are proven to reduce the number of tobacco users, especially the youth, resulting in lives saved and healthier communities. On World No tobacco day, WHO is urging countries to raise taxes on tobacco to decrease tobacco use especially among the youth.