Category: Illicit trade

JT on sustainability

JT on sustainability

| May 23, 2018

The Japan Tobacco Group is said to have made considerable progress across a wide range of measures that together make up its sustainability program.

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Smoke-free sustainability

Smoke-free sustainability

| May 16, 2018

Reducing the environmental footprint of the manufacturing process of smoke-free products is essential, Philip Morris International said yesterday in launching its third sustainability report.

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Tax link questioned

Tax link questioned

| May 16, 2018

An article in Nicotine Tobacco Research questions the link between tax-induced cigarette price rises and increases in the illegal trade in such products, in five countries of Latin America.

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Bill ropes in vaping

Bill ropes in vaping

| May 11, 2018

A new smoking bill in South Africa that takes in vaping is said to be a “cut-and-paste job from Geneva” that doesn’t take account of local circumstances.

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Auctions to boost exports

Auctions to boost exports

| May 4, 2018

From the point of view of Vietnam, it makes perfect sense to auction the high-quality, illicit cigarettes that it intercepts – and to make sure they end up in a country far away.

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Illegal trade rising

Illegal trade rising

| May 3, 2018

If governments believe they can force people to quit smoking completely by increasing the prices of cigarettes, they must believe also that tobacco addiction is not strong.

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Illegal trade alarming

Illegal trade alarming

| May 3, 2018

One of the consequences of tax ‘manipulation by certain players’ is that South Africa’s licit, tax-compliant tobacco sector is losing market share to the illicit sector ‘at an alarming rate’.

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Meaty enterprise

Meaty enterprise

| April 19, 2018

Somebody once said that there were two things that you should never watch being made: one was sausages; the other was legislation. That person was clearly right in the case of the former.

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Smuggling proliferating

Smuggling proliferating

| April 17, 2018

It has become known that cigarette smuggling is a major issue in the Philippines because the big tobacco manufacturers are complaining.

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Anti-tobacco groups closing

Anti-tobacco groups closing

| April 11, 2018

It seems inevitable that there will be a consolidation among tobacco-control organizations in countries where tobacco-consumption rates are falling.

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Tax relief not justified

Tax relief not justified

| April 5, 2018

It must be difficult to devise rational, cigarette-trade policies when one group puts the illegal trade at more than 40 percent of the market and another group puts it at under nine percent.

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Still waiting for Godot

Still waiting for Godot

| April 4, 2018

The main weapon for battling the illegal trade in tobacco products seems to be locked away in an international protocol that was adopted in November 2012 but that has yet to enter into force.

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Illegal trade doubled

Illegal trade doubled

| April 4, 2018

The illegal trade in cigarettes in Thailand more than doubled recently and illicit cigarettes are expected to become a rising force in the future. It’s predictable given the country’s tax policies.

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Illicit factory closed

Illicit factory closed

| March 19, 2018

Revenue officers in Ireland have described as sophisticated an illicit cigarette factory discovered in the country last week. It had its own living quarters.

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Illegal trade at 16 percent

Illegal trade at 16 percent

| March 16, 2018

Stories about the illegal trade in tobacco products tend to emphasize the costs of this trade, but nothing will change unless the causes of it are addressed honestly.

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Illegal activity recorded

Illegal activity recorded

| March 13, 2018

Imperial Brands is using technology to gather information on the UK’s illegal trade in tobacco products and thereby better understand both national and regional patterns.

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Tax up, revenue down

Tax up, revenue down

| March 9, 2018

In Canada, recent federal and Ontario tobacco tax increases are forecast to cause revenues to fall short of the province’s expectations by $235 million per year in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

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Illegal tobacco growing

Illegal tobacco growing

| March 7, 2018

Although it is illegal to grow tobacco in Australia now, the country has a history of tobacco production and some widely dispersed areas where it is known that this crop will grow.

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Fair go mate!

Fair go mate!

| March 2, 2018

The Australian government, which has raised cigarette prices to unaffordable levels, is threatening smokers who buy illicit products with up to five years in jail, knowing those smokers are addicted.

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Pouring gas on the fire

Pouring gas on the fire

| March 2, 2018

The logic of the Canadian authorities’ approaches to marijuana and tobacco seems to suggest that they want consumers to buy licit marijuana but illicit tobacco.

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