From: Clear The Air News Tobacco Blog
“Those who were sending drugs are now involved, because the profit is there. We will recognise the mail coming through as being from the same criminal syndicate … over the last 12 months with tobacco we are actually seeing the exporters using the methodologies we would normally see with drugs.”
Most of the illicit cigarettes, some of which ends up on the shelves of legitimate corner shops, is from South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong while loose leaf is mostly from Indonesia and the Middle East.
From: Business Report
Thembisile Dzonzi and Loni Prinsloo
Johannesburg – British American Tobacco said it may close South Africa’s only cigarette plant if plans to ban branded tobacco packaging are implemented.
Plain packaging threatens the closure of the factory and “poses a threat to the viability of the legal tobacco industry in South Africa,” Heshu said. The move will make it harder to distinguish the cigarettes from black-market cigarettes and “the illegal market will benefit from having a cheaper product,” he said.
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From: Wisconsin Public Radio
Tax On A Pack Of Cigarettes Is $2.52 In Wisconsin, Making It The 10th Highest In US
They even opened the door to tax-avoiding e-cigarettes!
For too many years, Arizona has led the pack—or at least taxed the hell out of it—with among the higher cigarette taxes in the West. “A cigarette tax higher than in neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona,” the Cronkite News Service reported in 2014.
From: Toronto Sun | Opinion
By Mark Bonokoski
This Deal of the Century, by the way, also, gave First Nations manufacturers access to importing all the new leaf tobacco and inputs — machinery, foil, et cetera — that allows them to produce high-quality cigarettes uninterrupted and unimpeded.
The result, of course, is that Canada is now swamped with illegal cigarettes because, with price-point being of significant importance, why would a person addicted to cigarettes pay $100-plus for a heavily-taxed carton at a convenience store when a carton can be bought on a reserve for $35?
By Spectroscopy Editors
The analysis of metals using inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), ICP-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), and atomic absorption can serve many purposes in environmental, health, and forensic studies. Yi He, a chemistry professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York, has been using these elemental analysis techniques for fingerprinting and provenance of counterfeit cigarettes and as an educational tool. Here, she discusses some of that work. In a recent paper (1), you discuss a method for the investigation of lead and cadmium in counterfeit cigarettes using microwave digestion followed by ICP-MS analysis. What benefits does this method offer compared to others? ” alt=”” />The analysis of metals using inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), ICP-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), and atomic absorption can serve many purposes in environmental, health, and forensic studies. Yi He, a chemistry professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York, has been using these elemental analysis techniques for fingerprinting and provenance of counterfeit cigarettes and as an educational tool. Here, she discusses some of that work.
From: Toronto Sun | Guest Columnist
— Christine Van Geyn is the Ontario director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
And then there’s the real kicker, the Ontario government allocates millions of tax-free cigarettes to smoke shacks on reserves for sale to Status Indians. In fact, they allocate so many cigarettes to reserves that it’s likely only 122 million out of 435 million cigarettes allocated to reserves are sold to Status Indians.
By Louise Banham
Nearly three-quarters of smokers buy tobacco from sources other than shops, with London, the south-east and the north-west of England the UK’s worst affected areas for non-duty-paid tobacco.
According to a survey of 12,000 smokers around the country, 71% of people who smoke buy cigarettes or rolling tobacco from places other than shops, either legally such as their holiday abroad or the internet, or illegally through car boot sales, vans or people on the street.
Buying contraband tobacco is not a victimless crime.
That’s according to Gary Grant, a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.
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