Despite Georgia’s low levels of illicit cigarette trade, the tobacco industry continues to use the illicit trade argument to push back on planned tobacco tax increase. Georgia would be a welcomed member of the Protocol due to its experience in controlling the cigarette supply chain. In addition, being a part of the Protocol would help Georgia to respond adequately to the industry arguments and to enhance international collaboration in controlling the transit of illicit products through its territory.
This study seeks to understand the consumption of illicit tobacco products and general perceptions of illicit tobacco trade in five geographically spread regions of Georgia. See full text: