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Illicit Trade in South Africa – An Experiment in Public Health Goes Wrong

When South Africa banned the sale of all alcohol and tobacco in early 2020, the intent was clear and noble: free up hospital beds so they would be available for COVID patients – and reduce tobacco consumption while a respiratory disease is ravaging the country.

New Traffic Light Security Ink from GSI

Gleitsmann Security Inks (GSI) has launched what it terms the ‘world’s f...

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The Challenges of Economic Informality During C...

The growth of informal economic activity has become a challenge throughout the Latin American region. To ad...

New Tenders Emphasise Need for Traceability on Multiple Products

Over the past few months, a number of interesting tenders for tax stamps...

Mali Delegation Draws on Burkina Faso’s Tobacco Tracing Experience

In April, Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Industry and Trade welcomed a deleg...

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Cigarettes Flagged as Illicit by Cloned ID Number, Not by Security Label

In France and the UK, there have been recent news stories of cigarette packs identified in the market as illicit because they were all carrying the same ID number (when this number should in fact be unique to each pack). What was not mentioned in these reports, however, was whether or not the packs were carrying authentication labels, which they are obliged to do under the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

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