Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance reveals likely impact of second tobacco tax rise

From: Talking Retail

Illicit tobacco trade cost small retailers about £32,000 each last year, an increase of nearly £1,000, according to research by the Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance.

The survey of 113 TRA members found that 86% of respondent say that if the government raises tobacco taxes for the second time in 2017 it will make it harder for them to stay in business.

In addition, 91% of respondents agree that if the government raises tobacco taxes again their customers will become more likely to buy illegal (untaxed) tobacco from criminals rather than from their shop.

Banning Menthol Cigarettes Will Have ‘Unintended Consequences’, Coalition Says

From: L.A. Watts Times

Written by Jennifer Bihm

A ban on menthol flavored cigarettes beginning to sweep the nation will have unintended negative consequences, especially for African Americans according to a coalition that advocates for equity in the implementation of policies. Part of the coalition is the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives whose members say that the ban will open up additional avenues to police abuse toward Blacks. They are trying, they said, to stop the ban and urge legislators to focus more on health solutions to the problem rather than criminalization.

We should beware of ceding tobacco to the criminals

From: Sydney Morning Herald | Opinion

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Against that background it has been sobering to learn that tobacco is now a target for criminal activity. Recent high-profile arrests have exposed extensive international smuggling operations. Our reports have revealed how widespread the sale of cheap, illegal tobacco has become in Australia. Tobacco excise is now so high, and cigarette production so circumscribed, that smuggling is a lucrative – and for criminals relatively safe – alternative to the illegal drug trade. This should be a serious warning to policymakers. It signals clearly, in flashing red letters, that current approaches need to be rethought.

Counterfeit Cigarettes Are More Injurious to Health

From: Holostik

The business of counterfeit or fake cigarettes is huge; not only in India but worldwide. In some regions, there are more fakes than originals. The fake cigarette business operates underground and therefore, it is very difficult to predict the magnitude of the problem.

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Ingredients of fake Cigarettes:

Not exactly tobacco but there are several other harmful ingredients contained in cigarettes. You can easily find sand, plastic and other materials. Fake cigarettes have been tested in laboratories, and it is observed that they contain far greater amounts of carbon monoxide, nicotine and tar (63%, 28%, 75% respectively) than original cigarettes which greatly increases the chances of cancer and other diseases for those who smoke them.

EXPERTS GATHER TO COLLECTIVELY RESPOND TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CRIME

From: Europol Press Release

Recent innovations on intellectual property rights’ enforcement strategies is the focus of the first Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference organised in Antwerp.

Some 400 senior law enforcement official, security and industry experts from 42 countries are attending this two-day conference (19-20 September), co-organised by Europol, the Belgian Customs Authority, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC).  Participants will review emerging crime trends, as well as outline enforcement strategies and best practices on IP crime via operational case studies and industry perspectives.

Illicit tobacco trade costs South African economy almost R6bn per year

From: Business Day TV

Bongumusa Makhathini from British American Tobacco SA  discusses the economic implications of the illegal cigarette industry.

Philip Morris International General Counsel Gives Expert Testimony at U.S. Commission Hearing on Global Threats Posed by Illicit Tobacco

From: Business Wire

LAUSANNE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marc Firestone, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Philip Morris International (NYSE/Euronext Paris: PM), today appeared as an invited witness before the Commission on Security and Cooperation to offer expert testimony in support of the Commission’s objective of addressing the security and economic threats posed by the illicit trade in tobacco. The hearing was held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The Commission is a bipartisan body of the United States Congress with representation from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Re: ‘A surge in smokers; Rise in tobacco use alarms cancer officials’

From: The Hamilton Spectator | Letter to the Editor

There is definitely a widespread issue involving contraband tobacco sales.

Out of seven smokers in my family, all are smoking native brand cigarettes. I have noticed an increase in the amount they smoke because the cigarettes are cheap. They make frequent trips to Six Nations to buy them.

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High Taxes: The Root of Violence

From: Cato Institute

Jeff Sessions Misunderstands Drugs and Crime

By David Boaz

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Tobacco has not (yet) been prohibited in the United States. But as a Cato study of the New York cigarette market showed in 2003, high taxes can have similar effects:

Over the decades, a series of studies by federal, state, and city officials has found that high taxes have created a thriving illegal market for cigarettes in the city. That market has diverted billions of dollars from legitimate businesses and governments to criminals.

A Bad Time to Lose Jobs: Cigarette Manufacturing has Gone Up In Smoke

From: The Edge Markets

The State of the Nation: A bad time to lose jobs

Ben Shane Lim / The Edge Malaysia

MALAYSIAN cigarette manufacturing has gone up in smoke.

Last week, JT International Bhd (JTI Malaysia) announced that it would shutter its cigarette production plant in Shah Alam and with it, about 270 jobs (held mostly by locals). . . .

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