WHO Negotiates FCTC to Combat Tobacco Smuggling

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Michelle Grant
At the International Conference on Illicit Tobacco Trade, held at the United Nations in New York from July 30 to August 1, 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed it is helping to negotiate the first legal instrument that will combine international criminal and regulatory measures to limit the transborder spread of tobacco products. According to the July 4, 2002 press release by the WHO, tobacco consumption from the illicit trade of tobacco products contributes to global death and disease. Illicit trade in tobacco products is the focus of the New York conference, which is hosted by the United State Agency for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and is one of the many subjects being examined and discussed in global negotiations conducted by the World Health Organization?s 191 Member States regarding the Framework Convention on Tobacco consumption. Tobacco smuggling also undermines national pricing policies, denies governments of revenues used to combat smoking, and allows tobacco companies to sabotage international co-operation in tobacco control.