People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products met for a final (fifth) session on 29 March - 4 April 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.
It agreed the text of a draft protocol, which will be up for adoption at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in November 2012 in Seoul.
See the draft text in:
Below is a list of resources for the meeting.
- Bulletin Issue 116: Inside - Congratulations! (Now you’ll have to work even harder) (page 1); In BAT ’s own words: contraband has declined; It seemed like a good idea when we signed.
- Bulletin Issue 115: Inside - Counterfeiting: resisting the pressure to use a public health protocol to defend intellectual property rights, A concurrent COP and MOP, imagined, Big Tobacco’s 'get out of jail free’ card
- Bulletin Issue 114: Inside - Meeting of minds; Kenya reforms raise tobacco taxes 25 percent; Transparency obligations must apply to entire protocol; Why ‘legally binding and enforceable agreements’ should be deleted.
- Bulletin Issue 113: Inside - Need to start thinking about implementing what we are agreeing here; The Codentify Agreement; El Mercado Pasivo Del Cigarrillo y el Argumento del “Incremento del Contrabando"; Japan Tobacco: Leopards don’t change their spots; Protocol would boost Brazil’s tentative steps towards cooperation to fight illicit trade; Maldives hikes tobacco import taxes by 200 Percent.
- Bulletin Issue 112: Inside - Parties’ Obligations Under Treaties Shouldn’t Be Set By Agreements with Private Actors; The Tobacco Industry: Lies and Videotape; Accord Imperial Tobacco – Les Douanes Françaises : Un Partenariat et Une Communication à L’encontre des Obligations de la CCLAT; Research on Key Inputs, Duty-free Not to Be Available Until 2022.
- Bulletin Issue 111: Inside - Last chance; Procurement for tracking and tracing systems; Britain’s shame in Panama; Counterfeiting also controversial with respect to medicines; Clear thinking about counterfeiting; Philippines seeks bids on tax stamp system.
- INB5: Offences (Part IV) and International Co-operation (Part V)
- INB5: Implementation, Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building
- INB5: Supply-Chain Control (Part III)
- INB5: Institutional Arrangements and Financial Resources
- INB5: Transparency
FCA's post-meeting media release
- Deal on illicit tobacco maintains barrier between tobacco industry and global public health
- L’accord sur le commerce illicite du tabac dresse une barrière entre l'industrie du tabac et la santé publique mondiale
- Acuerdo comercio ilícito del tabaco mantiene barrera entre la industria del tabaco y la salud pública mundial.
FCA's pre-meeting media release
- Final agreement on fighting illicit tobacco must include support for low-income countries
- L’accord final sur la lutte contre le commerce illicite doit inclure une assistance aux pays à faible revenu et une protection contre l’interférence de l’industrie
- El acuerdo final sobre combate al comercio ilícito debe incluir apoyo a países de bajos ingresos, y protección contra la interferencia de la industria
Declaration of the Latin American and Caribbean delegation of the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Singapore, 2012