Category: Illicit trade

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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Retailers face jail threat

Retailers face jail threat

| October 27, 2017

Although banning the sale of heat-not-ban devices to minors is laudable, the threat of jailing those that do so with three years in prison seems disproportionate.

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Illegal trade boosted

Illegal trade boosted

| October 26, 2017

The illegal trade in cigarettes, which in 2016 accounted for 12.1 percent of the Indonesian market, will be given a boost by tax hikes in the pipeline.

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Tobacco under pressure

Tobacco under pressure

| October 24, 2017

Some of Turkey’s tobacco growers, along with other farmers, are unhappy at some of the government’s agricultural policies.

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Illegal trade undercut

Illegal trade undercut

| October 24, 2017

One way to beat the illegal trade in cigarettes is to offer smokers licit products that sell for the same price as illicit ones; as has been happening in Morocco.

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‘Hypocrisy’ highlighted

‘Hypocrisy’ highlighted

| October 23, 2017

Ontario’s emphasis on enforcement when it comes to cannabis legislation is said to contrast with its approach to the province’s ‘booming’ trade in contraband tobacco.

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Latvia sucks in illicits

Latvia sucks in illicits

| October 4, 2017

According to one report, a quarter of Latvia’s cigarette market is accounted for by contraband cigarettes, most of which arrive from Belarus and Russia.

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Funding applications sought

Funding applications sought

| October 2, 2017

The second funding round of Philip Morris International’s IMPACT initiative is focused on converging forms of illegal trade and related crimes.

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Well-off using illegal trade

Well-off using illegal trade

| September 28, 2017

In the UK, cigarette taxes are now so high – so unfair – that few smokers, it seems, feel any obligation about reporting illicit products or illegal trading in them.

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Pack size matters

Pack size matters

| September 27, 2017

The authorities in Malaysia have been accused of fiddling while increasing numbers of illicit cigarettes burn in the hands of smokers.

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Marijuana poses a challenge

Marijuana poses a challenge

| September 26, 2017

There are inconsistencies in the way that regulators in Canada approach tobacco and marijuana, according to the CEO of the country’s biggest tobacco manufacturer.

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Tracking compromised

Tracking compromised

| September 22, 2017

The implementation of a tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system implies a lack of trust in the supply chain. So who will be tracking the trackers?

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Growers left indebted

Growers left indebted

| September 21, 2017

Poor weather, poor yields and poor purchase prices are pointing tobacco producers in Bosnia-Herzegovina towards the illegal trade.

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