About the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

The new treaty aims at eliminating all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products. It provides tools for preventing illicit trade by securing the supply chain, including by establishing an international tracking and tracing system, by countering illicit trade through dissuasive law enforcement measures and a suite of measures to enable international cooperation.

Useful documents

  • Self-assessment checklist
    pdf, 579kb

    A self-assessment checklist for Parties to the WHO FCTC to assess their legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in view of the requirements of the Protocol, prepared by the Convention Secretariat

More documents to be added soon:

  • Becoming a Party to the Protocol. Overview of key terms and procedures related to ratification and entry into force.
  • Steps required at national level for ratification. Checklist for steps to be taken at the national level in order to become a Party to the Protocol.
  • The tobacco industry and the Protocol.

Case studies

More documents to be added soon:

  • Tracking and tracing in Brazil – a case study
  • Becoming a Party to the Protocol – Nicaragua, a case study
  • Illicit trade in Central America

An overview of the negotiations of the Protocol and related documentation can be accessed here:


please contact the Secretariat at: protocolfctc@who.int.

Parties to the Convention: 180

Parties to the Protocol: 8

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