The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Fact Sheets

INB-2 Factsheet How to save lives and billions of dollars

The illicit trade in tobacco products is a major international problem that requires an international solution – to reduce tobacco use and save lives, combat organized crime and recoup $US billions in lost government revenue. This fact sheet sets out how international cooperation can save lives and billions of dollars.

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INB-2 Factsheet Use of Technology

Many industries face a growing trend: new requirements to identify a consumer product in trade, to verify its authenticity and to trace it. The tobacco sector has joined these industries.

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a World Health Organization treaty, identifies elimination of illicit trade in tobacco products as a key element of global tobacco control. The treaty requires in Article 15.2(b) that Parties should "consider, as appropriate, developing a practical tracking and tracing regime that would further secure the distribution system and assist in the investigation of illicit trade." Negotiations have begun on a supplementary treaty, or protocol, for combating illicit tobacco trade.

This paper clarifies  the concepts, to describe the current use of technology to combat illicit tobacco trade and to identify merits and limitations of these practices. It describes the use of codes and markings on tobacco packaging and tax stamps to allow a better monitoring of the tobacco trade. It also gives an overview of coding technologies that are used, or are in development, in the tobacco industry and other sectors.

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Glossary of Terms in the Illicit Trade

Find out what all the jargon (key and treaty terms) means when it comes to illicit trade.

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Glossary of Terms in the Illicit Trade

On this page you will find key terms with explanations relevant to the area of illicit trade. The fact sheet is available for download from the link at the bottom of the page.

Combatting the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

This fact sheet discusses why a protocol to the WHO-FCTC is needed. 

Fact Sheet About the EU Agreements with Tobacco Manufacturers to Control the Illicit Trade in Cigarettes

The EU has signed Agreements with two tobacco manufacturers on illicit trade in cigarettes, covering both smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes, firstly in 2004 with Philip Morris International (PMI), and secondly at the end of 2007 with Japan Tobacco International (JTI).

This fact sheet was drafted by The Framework Convention Alliance to answer queries raised about the status and content of these Agreements. The answers are derived from an analysis of the content of the detailed Agreements which can be found on the web.