More restrictions on tobacco trade as of September

Malta has acceded to the United Nations Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. It will be joining other member states when the protocol enters into force on 25 September 2018. Malta will benefit from increased international cooperation to fight tobacco smuggling and better control the legal tobacco trade.

The objective of the protocol is to eliminate of all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products including smuggling, illicit manufacturing, and counterfeiting by securing the supply chain of tobacco products.

This was announced in a press release sent by the Ministry for Health, which details that Malta will benefit from increased international cooperation to fight tobacco smuggling and better control the legal tobacco trade.

The objective of the protocol is the elimination of all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products including smuggling, illicit manufacturing, and counterfeiting by securing the supply chain of tobacco products. The Ministry explained that Malta’s cooperation will ultimately aim to protect public health.