NGOs from the Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals and tobacco corporations are at war over push for tobacco tax in Nigeria and in167 other countries.
While NGOs are lobbying governments of their respective countries to slam duty on tobacco sales, on the other hand, have organised a powerful coalition of anti-tax and duty-free trade associations to thwart implementation of the global tobacco treaty, formally known as the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
â€œMany delegates have told us the last negotiating meeting was more productive without the industry present in the room. We hope this will clear the way for parties to adopt a rigorous protocol at the end of this week,â€ said Akinbode Oluwafemi of Environmental Rights Action Nigeria.
â€œGovernments wonâ€™t tolerate business as usual with the tobacco industry anymore,â€ said Corporate Accountability Internationalâ€™s Tobacco Campaign Director Gigi Kellett.â€
NGOs are urging governments to stand firm in their progress toward a ban on duty-free tobacco sales. The message is timed with Corporate Accountability Internationalâ€™s release of a new exposÃ©, Smokescreen for Smuggling: Tobacco Industry Attempts to Derail the Illicit Trade Protocol.â€™