Tobacco smuggling and illicit trade not only undermines the effectiveness of tobacco control policies like taxes, youth access laws, and packaging requirements, but it results in large losses of revenue for governments. This page links to resources regarding illicit trade around the world, the effects, and how to stop it.
The new treaty aims at eliminating all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products by requiring Parties to the Protocol to take measures to control the supply chain of tobacco products effectively and to cooperate internationally on a wide range of matters. The provisions include: licensing for manufacturing, due diligence, tracking and tracing, record-keeping, security and preventive measures, sale by Internet, telecommunication or any other evolving technology, free zones and international transit, and duty free sales.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has compiled numerous fact sheets discussing smuggling and tax evasion in the tobacco industry. Topics include the Federal Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act, gray vs. black markets, and proposed measures to reduce smuggling and illicit trade.