Entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
On 27 June 2018, the conditions for the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products were met with the ratification of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As such, the required 40 Parties to the Protocol was reached, for its entry into force on September 25, 2018. This achievement is a milestone in the history of tobacco control internationally.
Illicit trade in tobacco products poses a serious threat to public health by increasing the accessibility and affordability of tobacco products, thus undermining tobacco control policies and fueling the tobacco epidemic. Countering illicit trade in tobacco products is a key aspect of comprehensive tobacco control policies. The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, now the first legally binding instrument adopted under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), seeks the elimination of all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products and sets forth a range of measures to prevent illicit trade, promote law enforcement, and to provide the legal basis for international cooperation. Its entry into force, will allow the Parties to hold the First session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) in Geneva, Switzerland following the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the WHO FCTC. To date, Parties to the Protocol in the Region of the Americas include Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Uruguay. See the complete report here