Closing the Door on Illicit Tobacco Trade, Opens the Way to Better Tobacco Control (2015)

Author: Vinayak Prasad et al.

This year we are celebrating with the world the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Parties to the WHO FCTC have come a long way in tobacco control since the negotiations of the Convention started; nonetheless there are still major challenges facing tobacco control, one of which is illicit tobacco trade that, unless comprehensively addressed now, can compromise the gains of tobacco control.

In response to the problem of illicit tobacco trade and its repercussions on public health, Parties to the WHO FCTC negotiated the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, which was adopted on 12 November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO FCTC in Seoul, Republic of Korea. It is the first protocol to the WHO FCTC.

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