Category: Illicit trade

Licit cigarettes vanish

Licit cigarettes vanish

| February 19, 2018

One interpretation of what is going on in Kuwait is that the ‘illegal’ trade in cigarettes is supplying smokers while some licit traders are withdrawing cigarettes from the market – possibly illegally.

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Illegal trade ‘prevalent’

Illegal trade ‘prevalent’

| February 16, 2018

Those with responsibility for tackling the illegal trade in tobacco will never be successful while they claim that taxes are being ‘lost’ to this trade. You cannot lose something you never had.

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Illicit factory raided

Illicit factory raided

| February 14, 2018

The Philippines’ Finance Secretary has said that following tax-induced price rises on cigarettes, the authorities were having to be on the lookout for illicit cigarettes.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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Price hike due in Iran

Price hike due in Iran

| February 5, 2018

The number of cigarettes smuggled into Iran fell sharply during the first 10 months of the current financial year, but local cigarette prices are set to rise by 50 percent.

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New approach suggested

New approach suggested

| January 23, 2018

Canada’s National Non-Smoking Week has provided Imperial Tobacco with an opportunity again to urge the government to embrace the principles of harm reduction.

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Illicit cigarettes lead market

Illicit cigarettes lead market

| January 18, 2018

Malaysia says that it is losing tax revenue to the illegal trade, but you cannot lose something you never had. In truth, Malaysia is forfeiting revenue by pushing tax rates too high.

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Belarus upping production

Belarus upping production

| January 18, 2018

Belarus is apparently increasing its production of cigarettes and at least one EU member of parliament is not happy that some EU member states are the target markets for these products.

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Tracking defended

Tracking defended

| January 11, 2018

In part, the EU defends its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system by citing obligations to a World Health Organization protocol that has received very little support.

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Better times ahead

Better times ahead

| January 4, 2018

This year should be better than last year for Malaysia’s cigarette manufacturers and, therefore, for government revenues. Only the illegal trade is expected to lose.

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Tax reduction on hold

Tax reduction on hold

| December 28, 2017

One way to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco products is to cut the taxes imposed on them, but it is a strategy open to challenge.

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Tracking rules adopted

Tracking rules adopted

| December 18, 2017

If the EU had put as much effort into supporting lower-risk products as it has into its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system; the need for the latter would have melted away.

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Impacting the illegal trade

Impacting the illegal trade

| November 29, 2017

The second round of Philip Morris International’s global initiative to support the fight against the illegal trade and related crimes has attracted a wide range of interest.

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Young buy into illegal trade

Young buy into illegal trade

| November 24, 2017

Those setting cigarette tax rates in the UK must surely pause for thought when they learn that people aged 14 to 15 are being drawn towards the illegal tobacco trade.

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UK taxing the poor

UK taxing the poor

| November 23, 2017

Once again, UK smokers, many of whom are financially poor, are being forced by the Chancellor to pay more than their fair share to the government’s coffers.

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Tracking goes off-piste

Tracking goes off-piste

| November 20, 2017

The European Commission’s proposals for tobacco-package codes are said by some tobacco manufacturers to be unnecessarily complex.

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Prices thrown into pot

Prices thrown into pot

| November 14, 2017

Questions are being raised in Canada about whether a similar pricing strategy to the one being suggested for legal marijuana should be applied to tobacco.

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Victim or villain?

Victim or villain?

| November 14, 2017

A recent Transparency International report says the tobacco industry hampers regulations that could reduce smuggling and benefit revenue collection for Latin-American countries.

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Call for tobacco-duty freeze

Call for tobacco-duty freeze

| November 7, 2017

Seventy-six percent of people in the UK believe that tobacco taxes there are at about the right level or too high, indicating perhaps that the public recognizes that enough is enough.

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Cigarette traders jailed

Cigarette traders jailed

| October 27, 2017

Three of the 400 people who have been fined in Fiji during the past 15 months for various offences against tobacco-control regulations have wound up in jail.

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