FIJI SIGNS PROTOCOL TO ELIMINATE ILLICIT TRADE IN TOBACCO

12 Jul 2013 11:19
SUVA, July 12 (Bernama) -- Fiji signed the Protocol on the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products at the United Nations (UN) on Friday, becoming the 22nd signatory. Xinhua news agency repots Ambassador Peter Thomson, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, signed the protocol. Thomson said tobacco products currently kill about 4 million people in the world every year, and half of these deaths happen to people in productive middle age. International efforts to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products would assist the global push to save lives that would otherwise be lost through tobacco consumption, he added. The protocol, adopted during the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in last November, requires that a tracking and tracing regime be introduced to assist in the monitoring of supply chains. --BERNAMA EE