Israel Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, has signed the protocol on the prevention of illegal tobacco trading on behalf of the State of Israel.
The protocol constitutes another component of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the FCTC, which Israel signed along with 176 countries worldwide, and which deals with the variety of steps and strategies which the countries must take in order to reduce smoking and its damages.
Illegal tobacco trade is a global problem, it is used to fund terror orgnizations worldwide, including the Hizballah, it is a source of funding for crime organizations, it helps launder money, reduces tax income for tobacco products and thwarts the countries’ efforts to reduce smoking and its damages.
The purpose of the protocol is to enable international cooperation against illegal tobacco trade, through establishing international mechanisms for securing the tobacco products’ supply chain, such as labeling and tracking of tobacco products that will allow to identify where the product was manufactured and where it is destined to be sold, establishing licensing mechanisms for tobacco dealers, databases on companies trading tobacco, due diligence for tobacco dealers, restrictions on Internet tobacco trading and various legal tools that will enable information to be transferred abnd shared, as well as the extradition of crimilas between countries.
To date, 42 countries have signed the convention, including the European Union.
After signing, the member countries are required to adapt their legislation to the provisions of the protocol, and then validate the signature on the protocol.
Israel’s joining the protocol will help, upon the implementation of the protocol’s provisions, to support the battle agianst terror and crime organizations, to promote the national program for the reduction of smoking and its damages, and will enable a more effective enforcement of the provisions of the law regarding the limitations on the advertisment and marketing of tobacco products.
Over the past weeks, the Knesset’s Economic affairs Committee has been preparing for the second and third readings of the bill for revising the Tobacco Products Advertisements (Prohibition), a bill that will place Israel in line with global legislation, which limits the advertisement and marketing of tobacco products, thereby already fulfilling some of the protocol’s new requirements, helping Israel a quickewr and nore efficient implementation of the protocol.