Cigarettes are among the most illegally trafficked goods in the world. 

There are three main categories of illicit tobacco products: 

  • Contraband: genuine products that are diverted from their intended market of destination and sold illegally
  • Counterfeit: copies of genuine products that are produced and sold illegally
  • Illicit whites: tobacco products that are legally produced in a country with the sole intention of selling them in another market

The illegal tobacco trade is a global issue. We are working with governments and other partners in the public and private sectors to address this problem. Read more about how we’re fighting illicit trade.