The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA Campaigns: Illicit Trade

romanian border police 200pRomanian border police crack down on illegal cigarettes coming into the country (c) FCAIllicit trade in tobacco products is a huge global problem that affects public health, and threatens law and order. Global effort is essential in eliminating this trade, as well as to control supply and distribution chains and implement effective enforcement strategies.

The tobacco industry benefits from illicit trade. Tobacco consumption increases due to the availability of cheaper products, and governments delay raising tobacco taxes because they're worried about increased smuggling.

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Illicit Trade Campaign News

Beware ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns SEATCA

South-East Asian governments should be wary of recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns an FCA member organisation.

Released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC), the manual promotes the interests of the tobacco industry and should not be considered a tool to help governments, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.

The government had:

End deals with tobacco industry to curb smuggling in Europe

 

Tobacco companies are getting away with paying only a tiny fraction of the costs of smuggling in Europe based on deals they struck years ago to avoid prosecution. Those deals should end, says a new article in Tobacco Control journal.