Illicit trade in tobacco: beware industry solutions

The illicit trade in tobacco products is a threat both to government finances and to public health.

It robs governments of much needed revenues, and it undermines efforts to reduce tobacco consumption, particularly through the imposition of high levels of tobacco taxation.

Codentify is a coding system that the tobacco industry wants governments to adopt as a solution to their obligations to fight the illicit tobacco trade,

It is unacceptable that any government or international agency should adopt the Codentify system without having set proper standards for its tracking and tracing regime, and having assessed properly whether Codentify meets them. This is particularly dangerous in countries with very limited enforcement resources.

Download the fact sheet, created for World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2015.

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