The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Bulletin INB-3 Issue 89

Headlines in this issue:

  • Death Clock unveiled
  • Keep the scope of the Protocol broad
  • Track and Trace based on unique product markings
  • Canadian policy measures to combat cigarette contraband
  • Organised crime: the evidence
  • Bangladesh perspective on illicit trade
  • Global financial crisis and the protocol
  • Vested interest clarifies position
  • Thank you CIPRET 

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Tobacco’s history of decline

In time for the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the CNN website has an article outlining the history of tobacco’s decline in the US.

Visit CNN to read more.