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

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.

World No Tobacco Day 2015

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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.

Revised UK illicit trade strategy pledges crackdown on industry


“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.