People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCA Campaigns: Illicit Trade
Illicit 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.
Illicit Trade Campaign News
See some of the WNTD activities from our members globally:
This year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) theme is Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products.
According to the World Health Organization, one in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption.
“The tobacco industry is complicit in illegal trade. Smuggling is one of its business strategies,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a speech to the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
Dr. Chan was not exaggerating. The tobacco industry has long been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco, and the problem has not disappeared.
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific.
It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue.