Category: Illicit trade

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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Is EU policy off track?

Is EU policy off track?

| July 10, 2017

Is tobacco-product tracking and tracing one of those issues where the answers outnumber the questions?

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Tobacco under the radar

Tobacco under the radar

| July 10, 2017

One of the ways in which tracking and tracing systems could be circumnavigated is through the trade in bulk tobacco, which is already increasing in the EU.

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Illegal trade on a high

Illegal trade on a high

| June 29, 2017

Following a cigarette tax increase and the introduction of VAT, sales of licit cigarettes in Sri Lanka have fallen sharply, while those of illicit products have taken wing.

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Lower taxes, more revenue

Lower taxes, more revenue

| June 19, 2017

The government of Pakistan’s decision to lower cigarette taxes so that licit cigarettes can better compete price-wise with illicit cigarettes has come under fire.

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OLAF tackling illegal trade

OLAF tackling illegal trade

| June 7, 2017

The European Anti-Fraud Office says that last year it made significant progress in its fight against the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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Tobacco, marijuana go head-to-head

Tobacco, marijuana go head-to-head

| May 31, 2017

There seems to be a ‘disturbing degree of incoherence’ in Canada’s approach to tobacco and marijuana. But then Canada is not alone in suffering such a policies imbalance.

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EU tobacco control poor

EU tobacco control poor

| May 31, 2017

A member of the European Parliament has said that some EU countries are not spending enough money nor expending enough effort on implementing tobacco-control policies.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| May 30, 2017

Sensing that smugglers are likely to be incentivized by a looming additional impost on cigarettes, the Taiwan government is getting its retaliation in first.

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Huge illegal trade in Russia

Huge illegal trade in Russia

| May 25, 2017

Russia is considering monitoring cigarette manufacturing supplies in an attempt to disrupt an illegal trade that has reached an estimated 35-40 percent.

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Smokers work around TPD

Smokers work around TPD

| May 23, 2017

Smokers in the UK seem to have been getting their retaliation in first. Illegal sales increased in the run-up to the full implementation of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive on May 20.

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