Facebook “investigating” illegal Jersey tobacco-selling groups

From: Bailiwick Express

Facebook is now “investigating” illegal Jersey duty-free tobacco-selling groups used to make profit by circumventing strict tax rules after being accused of failing to act on previous requests from the States to close them down, Express has learned.

Both Customs and States officials contacted the social media giant last year to seek help in shutting the illicit buying and selling networks as part of a crackdown on duty-free tobacco smugglers, but said they received no response.



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Grand River Enterprises Cigarettes Seized in Jamestown, NY Police Raid

From: WNYNewsNow.com

Forest Avenue Raid Reportedly Uncovers Lucrative, Illicit Cigarette Operation 


The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force said they also seized thousands of dollars in cash.

The New York State Department of Finance and Taxation and the CNET Narcotics Team assisted in the operation.

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Health Canada to Set Regulations Implementing Plain Packaging Requiements

From: CBC News

Parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law, regulates vaping’

The real reason that people start smoking is not because of the pack,’ Imperial Tobacco says

John Paul Tasker

The bill doesn’t dictate exactly how plain packaging should be imposed, but a Health Canada backgrounder says the new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act will “provide … a range of options such as standardized colour, font and finish, and prohibitions on promotional information and brand elements, such as logos.”

A spokesperson for Health Canada did not say exactly when the new regulations would land, but added such regulations typically come into force 180 days after they are finalized by the department.

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Illicit Cigarette Trade in Five South American Countries: A Gap Analysis for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Study Forum.

From: Oxford University Press

Guillermo Paraje, PhD

Nicotine & Tobacco Research, nty098, https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty098

Published: 15 May 2018



Due to its nature, it is very hard to measure tobacco illicit trade in any product. In the case of Latin American countries, there is scant information on the magnitude and characteristics of this trade in the case of cigarettes. The goal of this article is to provide estimates on the evolution of the illicit cigarette trade in five South American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

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WEBINAR: Human Trafficking and the Illicit Cigarette Trade: Global Consequences

From: Babson College

Start Date: 5/17/2018 Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 5/17/2018 End Time: 12:00 PM
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