Ebola, ISIS, Boko Haram, global economic crises, homelessness, rogue states with nuclear weapons: which of these issues is so important that the United Nations is pushing for a new tax to help pay to deal with the problem? None. They’re going after cigarettes, again.
In a secret session, the United Nations’ health wing, the World Health Organization (WHO), resolved to increase taxes on cigarettes worldwide. The Washington Times reports that the United States did not participate in the meeting, held in Moscow, as a protest against Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine.
An interesting footnote to the meeting: the press were barred from entering the room. I guess something as important as global taxation on cigarettes must be a very sensitive topic. The proposal could result in a sharp increase in taxes and the price of cigarettes in all major nations, excluding only the United States, Switzerland, and Indonesia.