There are many technologies that claim to prevent illicit trade but in reality none will stop copies being made or cigarettes being smuggled. However, some technologies can give governments, retailers, and consumers the ability to rapidly determine whether or not duty has been collected on a product, as well as if the product is genuine or fake.
Specifically these technologies can improve the security of the supply chain in three primary ways:
1. Tracking and tracing can help address smuggling of tobacco products across borders.
2. Authentication can help address counterfeiting.
3. Digital Tax Verification can help to address tax evasion.
All of these technologies can contribute significantly to tackling illicit trade and should be considered as part of a comprehensive strategy.