As NGOs active in tobacco control representing health and medical professionals, academics,researchers and experts, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) would like to congratulate the EuropeanCommission for not renewing the agreement on smuggling and counterfeit of tobaccoproducts with Philip Morris International (PMI), which expires on 9th July 2016.
With this important decision for not renewing the agreement with PMI, the Commission hasshown its commitment to Article 5.3 of the UN WHO Framework Convention on TobaccoControl (FCTC) and Article 8.12 of the FCTC Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobaccoproducts.
We deeply believe this is a major step in the right direction in the fight against illicit tobaccoproducts and above all for the protection of the health of EU citizens. However, we wouldlike to urge the Commission to cease all other agreements with tobacco manufacturers assoon as it possibly can. Those agreements have been proven to be ineffective and out ofdate, as well as being in conflict with FCTC.