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Glossary

Illicit Cigarette Trade

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 smuggled and sold illegally

  • counterfeit: copies of genuine products that are produced and sold illegally

  • illicit whites: tobacco products that are legally produced in one country with the sole intention of selling them in another country 

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.