People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
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.
There are also provisions on counterfeit detection and control, as well as on the training of both industry and government personnel.
FCA is currently conducting a legal review of this agreement, which should be completed in September.
More about the BAT agreement (PDF document)