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The illicit trade of tobacco has become a multi-billion dollar business today and has taken centre stage in the global debate in the last few years. There are three main types under which the illicit tobacco trade falls: contraband, counterfeit, and illicit whites. This organized crime enables corruption, undermines good governance, deprives governments of tax revenue, threatens national security and facilitates other transnational organized crimes such as money laundering or human trafficking. International efforts and cooperation between organizations such as INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, The European Anti-Fraud Office, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations have seen tangible results.

The tobacco industry plays a crucial role in the fight by cooperating with law enforcement and providing crucial information that results in successful operations. Tobacco companies have the capacity to responsibly manage their supply chains and identify risks and opportunities to effectively tackle the illicit trade of tobacco. This webinar will discuss how human trafficking intersects with the illicit cigarette trade and how the tobacco industry is joining forces at a global, transnational, and national level in the fight against this organized crime.

Speakers will include experts from business, academia, public policy, and NGO communities.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST/ 4:00 – 6:00 pm CEST

Register for this webinar session here