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

Tobacco giant signs agreement with EU

British American Tobacco (BAT) has become the latest cigarette manufacturer to sign an agreement about smuggling and counterfeit with the European Union and member states. Philip Morris International signed a deal in 2004 while Japan Tobacco International signed in 2007.

The legally binding agreement requires BAT to implement global controls on its supply chain. If the group’s products are found on the illegal market within the EU in sufficient quantities, the manufacturer must make seizure payments.

INB-4 ends without final agreement

The Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products' fourth session (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.

Photos from INB-3: the first day

Images from the opening of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, 28 June - 5 July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.