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Growing & diverse sources of evidence indicate that the tobacco industry (TI) remains involved in tobacco smuggling and that TI cigarettes account for around two-thirds of the illicit cigarette market. The TI therefore has a vested interest in controlling the global T&T system aimed to curtail this behaviour.

Tobacco industry’s elaborate attempts to control a global track and trace system and fundamentally undermine the Illicit Trade Protocol

Background

The Illicit Trade Protocol (ITP) requires a global track and trace (T&T) system to reduce tobacco smuggling. Given the tobacco industry’s (TI) historical involvement in tobacco smuggling, it stipulates that T&T ’shall not be performed by or delegated to the tobacco industry’. This paper explores the rationale for & nature of the TI’s efforts to influence the ITP & its T&T system.

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