Taxation and Illicit Trade Protocol, “Lethal weapons” against Tobacco Industry
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Les Droits des Non Fumeurs (DNF)
Submission date: 2016-03-30
Acceptance date: 2016-03-31
Publication date: 2016-03-31
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Stephen Lequet   

Les Droits des Non Fumeurs (DNF), 13 rue d'Uzès, 75002 Paris, France
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2016;2(April Supplement):43
Tobacco taxation is the most effective way to reduce smoking prevalence. Without tax increase tobacco policy, the other measures of tobacco control are weakened. While the EU Directive of 2011 on tobacco taxation is being evaluated, it is important to recall issues of this tobacco control tool. Furthermore, it is urgent to dismantle some against-truths dealt out by tobacco industry, like the supposedly postponing consumption on an illegal market which would then expanding, negating the reduction of tobacco consumption. On this important topic, the WHO Illicit Trade Protocol introduces comprehensive set of measures ranging from control supply chain, strengthening penalties and technical and legal cooperation. The EU ratification is essential.
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