The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has restated its commitments to combat illicit tobacco trading across the globe.

The WHO FCTC arising from a three-day Third Session of the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products which closed in Panama on Thursday, noted important decisions were taken to combat illicit trading.

“Our meeting this week took important decisions on tobacco tracking-and-tracing systems and approved a road map to conduct evidence-based research on illicit trade,” the head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC, who also oversees the Protocol, Dr Adriana Marquizo, said.

“We also agreed on improvements for the reporting system our parties use, which will strengthen the quality of data on the implementation of the Protocol that can help guide future tobacco control efforts,” she said.

According to a statement on the organisation’s website, decisive action was taken to combat illicit trade in tobacco products that harms health and robs national governments of tax revenues that could support public health initiatives.
The Meeting of the Parties is the governing body of the Protocol, which is an international treaty that entered into force in 2018 and aims to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products through a package of measures to be taken by countries acting in cooperation with one another.

February 16, 2024

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