Category: Illicit trade

Small-pack claims denied

Small-pack claims denied

| August 23, 2017

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has moved quickly to deny rumors that the country is about to see the return of cigarettes packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes.

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No distribution ambitions

No distribution ambitions

| August 18, 2017

The EU Commission is working on tobacco-product traceability and security systems, and has no plans to get into the distribution business.

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EU eyes extending excise

EU eyes extending excise

| August 17, 2017

Is it rational to consider applying excise duty to unmanufactured tobacco in an attempt to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco, whose primary cause seems to be tax-driven, high-prices?

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Barred from selling tobacco

Barred from selling tobacco

| August 16, 2017

In taking away tobacco retail licenses from those outlets found selling cigarettes to minors, Singapore’s laws punish both retailers and customers who are adult smokers.

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Tracking the rationale

Tracking the rationale

| August 15, 2017

Will a tobacco tracking and tracing system introduce ‘a mechanism of very little … public health and budgetary benefit which runs counter to all business rationale’?

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Running out of steam

Running out of steam

| August 15, 2017

Australia’s hostility to electronic cigarettes could be one reason why the country’s punitive smoking-prevention policies are running out of steam.

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Customs officers charged

Customs officers charged

| August 10, 2017

The arrest in Australia of a Customs officer and a former Customs employee have raised questions about how the influence of a family was allowed to permeate Customs for many years.

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Leaf self-sufficiency sought

Leaf self-sufficiency sought

| August 9, 2017

Iran is expected this year to manufacture more than 90 percent of its cigarettes locally, and it has plans to become self-sufficient in leaf tobacco production.

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Criminals given “leg-up”

Criminals given “leg-up”

| August 9, 2017

One Australian backbencher believes that as well as turbocharging the illegal trade in cigarettes, regular increases in tobacco taxes could be pushing young people toward ‘other drugs’.

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NZ to legalize smokeless

NZ to legalize smokeless

| August 3, 2017

The log jam that had been slowing the flow of tobacco harm-reduction seems to be clearing slowly. New Zealand is one of the latest countries to announce some bold new initiatives.

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Illicit machines found

Illicit machines found

| August 3, 2017

A recent story from China about the arrest of gang members who had been building and selling illicit tobacco machinery has echoes of a story from 12 months ago.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| August 1, 2017

UK travellers are this summer being warned about the consequences of becoming involved in the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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Taxing smokers

Taxing smokers

| July 26, 2017

Governments, it seems, must be convinced that they would be acting in their own best revenue-interests before they enact ‘effective’, tobacco-product taxation policies.

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Cigarettes top list of fakes

Cigarettes top list of fakes

| July 24, 2017

Nearly a quarter of the counterfeit products seized last year at the EU’s external borders were cigarettes.

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Illegal-trade crackdown

Illegal-trade crackdown

| July 21, 2017

China is cracking down on those involved in the illegal trade in tobacco products, some of whom could face severe punishments.

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WHO report published

WHO report published

| July 20, 2017

One of the most interesting questions to arise from the latest WHO tobacco report concerns why, after four and a half years, has its illegal-trade protocol not entered into force.

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Illegal trade exposed

Illegal trade exposed

| July 20, 2017

The revenues that governments and law-abiding manufacturers lose every year to the illegal trade in tobacco are huge, the US Commission on Security and Co-operation has been told.

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Illegal trade increasing

Illegal trade increasing

| July 20, 2017

In Greece, where a relentless pursuit of austerity has imposed financial hardships on ordinary people, it was only to be expected that the illegal trade in cigarettes would increase.

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Government accused

Government accused

| July 17, 2017

A law suit launched in Canada accuses the federal government of failing to stop, as agreed, the proliferation of contraband tobacco producers.

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Tracking questions

Tracking questions

| July 14, 2017

With time running out, questions are being asked about where the EU’ s tobacco-products tracking and tracing initiatives are heading.

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