Illegal trade in tobacco products a global concern

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Workers in a factory in Bangladesh that rolls locally produced cigarettes, known as bidis, popular throughout South Asia. Photo: IRIN/Mushfique Wadud

The Illicit trade in tobacco products is a "global concern" due to a lack of effective tracing and distribution, according to one expert in the field from the United States.

Stella Bialous is serving as a consultant for the secretariat of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which is holding its annual convention this week in New Delhi, India.

The WHO FCTC treaty was initiated in 2003 to address ways of controlling tobacco use.

It's become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties in UN history, according to WHO.

Tobacco products pose a major risk to public health causing potentially fatal diseases like cancer and cardiovascular illnesses.

Ms Bialous spoke to Priyanka Shankar.

DURATION: 3'31"

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