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Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control calls for more action on illicit tobacco trade

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Dr Knox Hagley, is calling for the Government to sign on to the international Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Hagley made the appeal ahead of Sunday’s observance of World No Tobacco Day.

He says while the government and the customs department have taken steps to identify and stem the flow of both counterfeit and contraband tobacco products, more can still be done to address the illicit activity.

The coalition chairman notes that the protocol was negotiated and adopted in November 2012 with the objective of eliminating all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products.

The protocol requires states to implement measures such as establishing a global tracking and tracing regime.

Hagley says Jamaica needs to adopt more measures to reduce the illicit trade of tobacco in Jamaica. 

He says illegal activity is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.