Tobacco Firms Fume Over New EU Salvo In Cigarette Smuggling War

From: European Supermarket Magazine

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Track And Trace

“The proposed track-and-trace system has a potential to achieve multi-billion-euro benefits for society, while its costs are very moderate and will be mainly borne by the sector,” said Anca Paduraru, health-policy spokeswoman at the commission, the 28-nation EU’s regulatory arm.

The system will require electronic codes to be affixed to every cigarette pack sold in the EU. Tobacco companies already code cartons and cases as part of agreements with the bloc’s anti-fraud office, using the current coding standard in Europe followed by industries in general.

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Cheap Tobacco: Fake Cigarettes Made by Real Slaves

From: The Mirror

Inside the dark underbelly of Britain’s counterfeit capital where police fear trafficked immigrants are being forced to sell knock-off goods

Police and trading standards officials warn there is a far darker side to the knock-off trade strip in Manchester

By Beth Abbit

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And modern slavery is the latest shocking development which has become linked to counterfeit crime.

Police believe many of the immigrants working in the warren of shops and warehouses across Strangeways have been brought to the UK specifically to work in the counterfeit trade.

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Untaxed Cigarettes: The Choice of Children

From: The Conversation

Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

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Illegal tobacco is either smuggled, counterfeit (fake), bootlegged or illegally manufactured. It is generally much cheaper than legal tobacco and can be a serious deterrent to people deciding to give up smoking.

These latest findings highlight how as well as adults, illegal tobacco harms young people too. There have even been cases of illicit tobacco being sold to children from ice-cream vans. And sometimes these sales are for single sticks – which are much easier for kids to buy with their pocket money.

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Kim Jong Un Smiles at the Thought of Higher Tobacco Taxes

From: Radio Free Asia

North Korean Tobacco Factories, Smuggled Cigarettes Bring in Cash For Pyongyang

Despite international trade sanctions imposed by the United Nations, North Korea continues to pull in badly needed foreign cash through the sale of tobacco products, much of it produced in joint ventures with China and sold as counterfeit cigarettes across Asia, sources say.

The impact of U.N. bans on North Korean exports—covering mostly seafood, coal, iron, and lead ore—is  now largely cushioned by the trade, one North Korean source now traveling abroad told RFA’s Korean Service in a recent interview.

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London Fire brass sound alarm over contraband cigarette dangers after latest fatal blaze

From: LFPress.com

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press
Assistant deputy fire chief Jack Burt says the fire that killed a woman yesterday was caused by careless smoking. (DEREK RUTTAn, The London Free Press)

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Known as “reduced ignition propensity cigarettes,” the smokes are designed to put themselves out when they’re not being puffed. Most often, commercial cigarettes are made with tiny concentric bands of porous and non-porous paper. When they burn, the dense paper sections allow less oxygen in, reducing the flame and the risk of a fire if the smoke is left unattended.

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