Illicit Trade Protocol Becomes International Law

28 Jun 2018

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the first legally binding instrument adopted under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), will enter into force on 25 September 2018, following its ratification by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

With 41 Parties and 54 Signatories, the Protocol allows Parties to hold the First session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) from 8 to 10 October 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland, following the Eight Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the WHO FCTC.

The Protocol gives countries around the world an arsenal of tools to coordinate their efforts to combat the illicit trade of tobacco products, ensure that the global tobacco trade is conducted in a manner that protects the health of their populations and ensure that governments protect significant tax revenue.

“Tobacco kills over 7 million people each year. Now that the Protocol will enter into force, it is crucial that civil society continues the important work of encouraging governments to accelerate implementation of the provisions of the WHO FCTC Article 6 on Price and Tax Measures to Reduce the Demand for Tobacco,” FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson said.

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