Category: Illicit trade

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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Iran names illicit brands

Iran names illicit brands

| May 22, 2017

Eighteen cigarette brands, including Marlboro, have been declared contraband products in Iran because they have neither import nor local-production permits.

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Time for EU to reflect

Time for EU to reflect

| May 18, 2017

New EU tobacco regulations have been described as a disgraceful attempt to denormalize both the product and legitimate consumers. It is said to be time for reflection.

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Tax key to illegal trade

Tax key to illegal trade

| May 16, 2017

A report by the EU Commission on the illegal trade in tobacco products recommends reducing the ‘incentives’ to those involved in the trade by reducing tax differentials.

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Local grievances in Zambia

Local grievances in Zambia

| May 16, 2017

The general manager of a local cigarette manufacturer in Zambia has said that the government should discourage the export of tobacco without value addition.

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Auctioning illicit tobacco

Auctioning illicit tobacco

| May 11, 2017

What should be done with seized smuggled cigarettes when their numbers reach 20 percent of the market? Destroying them involves a cost; so why not auction them?

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JTI to shut Malaysia plant

JTI to shut Malaysia plant

| May 10, 2017

About 270 people will be made redundant when, later this year, JTI Malaysia closes its factory ‘to ensure consistency in the supply of our quality products to our consumers…’

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Illegal trade up 90 percent

Illegal trade up 90 percent

| May 9, 2017

The Indian government’s strategy of increasing taxes on cigarettes to reduce smoking is feeding demand for illicit cigarettes; the presence of which on the market is undermining that strategy.

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Another illicit crop busted

Another illicit crop busted

| May 2, 2017

Another major illicit tobacco crop has been destroyed in Australia, where soaring cigarette prices are enticing criminals into commercial-scale growing.

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New taxes add fuel to fire

New taxes add fuel to fire

| May 1, 2017

Despite having an illegal tobacco trade that is already burning furiously, the Canadian province of Ontario has decided to add fuel to the fire with further cigarette tax increases.

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Criminals growing their own

Criminals growing their own

| April 27, 2017

In Australia, where tobacco production is illegal, the soaring prices of cigarettes is encouraging some criminals to start growing the crop on a commercial scale.

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