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Global meeting on illicit tobacco trade opens in Panama

Panama City, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The third follow-up conference of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (MOP3) begins sessions in Panama with the participation of delegations from nearly 70 countries.

This protocol, in force since September 25, 2018, is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and seeks to put an end to the illegal manufacture and smuggling of these products.

According to the agenda, the opening session will feature a welcome greeting from the WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; while Dr. Adriana Blanco, from the Secretariat of the Convention schedule, will present the topics on the agenda such as the implementation of this tool in various regions and investment funds, among others.

The objective of the MOP3, is to eliminate all forms of illegal sale of tobacco products, whose protocol has been signed by 67 nations.

This mechanism establishes the adoption and implementation of effective measures to control or regulate the supply chain of the articles to which this Protocol applies, to prevent, discourage, detect, investigate and prosecute their irregular transfer.

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was developed in response to growing concern about this scourge, which poses a serious threat to public health.

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