People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control met for five sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (INB). The illicit trade protocol is the first FCTC protocol.
The new treaty aims to eliminate all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products by requiring Parties to take measures to control the supply chain effectively, and to cooperate internationally on a wide range of matters.
INB5 (final session) - Geneva, Switzerland, 29 March - 4 April 2012
INB5 agreed the text of a draft protocol, which was adopted at the 5th Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in November 2012, in Seoul.
INB4 – Geneva, Switzerland, 14-21 March 2010
INB-4 ended without final agreement, but Parties did make some significant progress.
Parties agreed important provisions to control the supply chain for tobacco products, including a tracking and tracing system for cigarettes and other products, as well as a licensing system for manufacturers and others involved in the tobacco trade.
INB3 – Geneva, Switzerland, 28 June - 5 July 2009
INB3 made progress on a broad range of issues concerning further work of the INB, but little consenus emerged.
INB2 - Geneva, Switzerland, 20-25 October 2008
FCA unveiled a Death Clock during INB2 to remind government representatives of the impact of their work. The clock counts the number of tobacco-related deaths since the negotiations began 25 October 1999.
INB1 - Geneva, Switzerland, 11-16 February 2008
INB1 was the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.