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The Illicit Trade in Tobacco - How international cooperation can save lives and billions of dollars



Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, other legal and illegal drugs, road accidents, murder and suicide combined[1].  Currently around five million people worldwide die each year from tobacco-related causes, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory Diseases [2] [3]. In comparison, HIV/AIDS is responsible for three million deaths each year.

Nations from the Region of the Americas Collaborate to Save Lives and Reduce Economic Losses by Cracking Down on Illicit Trade

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY  Representatives from 35 countries are gathering in Montevideo, Uruguay on December 5, 2007 to work on knowledge-gathering and skill-sharing on the illicit trade of tobacco  a global crime that contributes to higher rates of tobacco-related disease and death, helps finance criminal and terrorist groups, and robs governments of $US billions in revenue. 

Nations to Launch Negotiations on Treaty to Combat Illicit Tobacco Trade


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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – On February 11, representatives from more than 150 countries will begin negotiations here on an historic international treaty to combat illicit trade in tobacco products – a massive global problem that undermines efforts to reduce tobacco use and save lives, helps fund organized crime and terrorist organizations, and costs governments billions in revenue.