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
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.