Between 2018-2021, it was estimated that illicit cigarettes accounted for 25% of the total market within the Republic of Lebanon, costing the government between $200-$250 million in annual lost revenues.

Instability in the region, a prolonged economic crisis and the Covid pandemic combined to create the perfect storm for this illicit trade.

To combat this challenge, OpSec Security was contracted to plan, develop and implement a complete authentication and traceability solution for cigarette products produced in and for the Republic of Lebanon.

This white paper presentation details the specific regional and technical challenges faced during this process, and the key solutions developed to protect these vital government revenues.

Areas covered include new optical and digital security technologies, online industry protection and citizen authentication. The paper further highlights key regional customisations and considerations to ensure ongoing success of the programme.