Track and Trace

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The World Health Organization is currently drafting a protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products as part of its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which will include the establishment of a national or regional and global tracking and tracing systems for all tobacco products, beginning with manufacturing equipment and continuing throughout the supply chain.[1]

Industry Proposed Solution

The big four tobacco companies have entered into a formal agreement to adopt and propose the 'Codentify solution' developed by Philip Morris International, which is the application of a digitally generated 12-number algorithm onto a cigarette pack.[2]

See the page on Codentify.

External Resources


  1. Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.Summary Records and Decisions from the Intergovernmental negotiating body on a protocol on illicit trade in tobacco products Fourth Session Geneva 14-21 March 2010, accessed 5 January 2012
  2. Jeannie Cameron.Track and Trace: what it is and how it can benefit the tobacco industry. Tobacco Reporter December 2011, page 24-28, accessed 4 January 2012