Category: Illicit trade

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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Call for tax increase

Call for tax increase

| April 25, 2017

A study in Malaysia has found that 1.1 million tobacco-smoking-related deaths could be prevented if cigarette excise were increased; but others point out that the illegal trade would have to be addressed firstly.

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Illicit cigarettes take top spot

Illicit cigarettes take top spot

| April 20, 2017

The licit cigarette industry in Malaysia is facing what one company has described as ‘challenging times’; but, with illicit products having taken 57 percent of the market, that seems like an understatement.

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Tobacco proposal like the curate’s egg

Tobacco proposal like the curate’s egg

| April 7, 2017

The Canadian government’s proposals for new regulations on tobacco products and vaping devices have met with a mixed reception.

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Countering the black market

Countering the black market

| April 4, 2017

A collaboration between the Romanian authorities and British American Tobacco Romania has reduced the country’s black market to about 17 percent. Now the aim is to reduce it to 10 percent.

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Fake cigarettes on Facebook

Fake cigarettes on Facebook

| April 3, 2017

A number of counterfeit tobacco products sold through Facebook are said to have posed a bigger potential health risk, but this assessment was based on the presence of raised levels of only two toxic metals.

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Illegal trade growing

Illegal trade growing

| April 3, 2017

Illicit cigarettes sold in Malaysia are said to be more dangerous than licit ones because their tar and nicotine contents are ‘unknown’.

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Ninety percent tax and rising

Ninety percent tax and rising

| March 9, 2017

The UK budget has just slapped another wodge of tax on cigarettes, the lowest priced of which already attracted rates of 90 percent. No wonder the country boasts a thriving black market.

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Tobacco taxes, robberies up

Tobacco taxes, robberies up

| March 8, 2017

New Zealand, which imposes eye-watering levels of tobacco taxes, cannot be surprised that cigarettes are being targeted in retail-store robberies. Smokers are addicted to these products, and are often financially poor.

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Factory closure threat

Factory closure threat

| March 2, 2017

The imposition of standardized tobacco packaging in South Africa would provide a boost to the illegal trade and might threaten the viability of British American Tobacco’s factory there.

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End-game within reach

End-game within reach

| February 28, 2017

It is possible to end cigarette use by adults within a generation, according to a report that examined the views of 120 ‘key tobacco control leaders’ across the US.

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Help of Belarus sought

Help of Belarus sought

| February 24, 2017

The EU, which oversees the imposition of levels of cigarette tax that create huge opportunities for those involved in the illegal trade, wants Belarus to do the same.

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Where contraband costs more

Where contraband costs more

| February 22, 2017

A tobacco-smoking ban in prisons in the Australian state of New South Wales seems not to have eliminated smoking, but it has raised the price of tobacco products enormously.

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Warnings on illegal trade

Warnings on illegal trade

| January 12, 2017

The presence in Hong Kong of illicit cigarettes has fallen by 6.7 percent since 2012, but an advocacy group is warning that the government needs to vigilant.

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Dismounting the high horse

Dismounting the high horse

| November 1, 2016

It’s time for critics to recognize the tobacco industry as a partner, rather than an adversary, in the struggle against illicit trade.

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Tackling Hydra

Tackling Hydra

| March 1, 2016

Despite the countermeasures, the illicit trade in tobacco products continues to thrive.

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Slim fit

Slim fit

| March 1, 2016

New tracking-and-tracing solutions help smaller tobacco companies comply with TPD2.

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Illicit cigarette smokers may find feces

Illicit cigarette smokers may find feces

| August 25, 2014

Illegal cigarettes could be filled with human excrement, dead flies and asbestos, consumers are being warned, according to a story in the U.K.’s The Independent. The Local Government Association (LGA) says people should “think twice” before purchasing cigarettes from the black market as all three have been found in counterfeit cigarettes before. The LGA said […]

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