CEPOL guest editorial published in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation journal

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31 March 2021

On the occasion of CEPOL Webinar: Illicit trade of tobacco products[1] organised in November 2020, the Executive Director of CEPOL, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder was invited by Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, the official journal of ENSP (European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention) to write a guest editorial about CEPOL’s training activities in the field of tobacco fraud related investigations and operations.

‘It is an honour for the agency to cooperate with the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation journal and to be offered the opportunity to inform the journal’s readers about how CEPOL contributes to our common efforts to eradicate illicit tobacco and curb this major threat to public health’

noted Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder.

Under the topic: ‘Combatting illicit tobacco trade: What is the role of EU law enforcement training?’ the CEPOL editorial offers an overview of CEPOL’s training activities organised in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) under the European Union crime priority ‘Excise Fraud. Every year, around 500 police and customs officers receive CEPOL training on contemporary tobacco crime typologies, innovative intelligence-tools and excise-fraud investigative techniques.

The editorial is available online in the March/2021 issue of the Tobacco Prevention & Cessation journal.


[1] Webinar 20/2020: Illicit trade of tobacco products is available for viewing in the section of CEPOL recorded webinars 2020 on the agency’s online learning platform LEEd


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