The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Illicit trade in tobacco products

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.



Upcoming Illicit Trade Events

  • 29 March-4 April 2012 - 5th Meeting of the INB on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. WHO FCTC INB page.

  • 12-17 November -5th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the FCTC (COP5). WHO FCTC page.


WHO FCTC's INB web page

WHO FCTC Documents for the INB

Big Trouble at Big Tobacco. A report on Japan Tobacco international by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Nov. 2011.