It doesn't stop them assuming the authority to rid the world of duty free baccy, though.
European Travel Retail Council (ETRC) secretary general Keith Spinks has warned that there are just weeks left for the global tobacco duty-free channel to lobby for a change to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) protocol on illicit trade that threatens a ban on the sale and import of duty-free tobacco products. The wording of the misleading protocol associating duty-free tobacco with smuggling is up for negotiation on June 28.
Hands up if you knew about this. No? Neither did anyone else.
“If they have not already done so companies urgently need to convey to the authorities that this issue is on the table for negotiation on June 28 and persuade them of the importance of ensuring that they oppose anything that calls for the abolition of duty-free sales of tobacco products to international travellers,” he said.
If the WHO get their unelected way, duty free will be on its way to oblivion by July.
So much for democratic process in a free world.
Remember to tell your friends before they go on holiday, won't you?