Monthly Archives: August 2013

At Least Ten Illegal Cigarette Manufacturing Plants in the United States

From: Center for Regulatory Effectiveness

The Canadian Senate revealed that there are ten contraband cigarette manufacturing plants in the US.  The statement in the Senate was based on a report from the Royal Candian Mounted Police.

US Food and Drug Administration regulators, in order to adhere to their mandate to “consider…information concerning the countervailing effects of the tobacco product standard…such as the creation of a significant demand for contraband…” need to evaluate the Canadian data.

(Public Law 111-31, §907(b)(2))

Below is an excerpt from the Canadian Senate debate on proposed contraband tobacco legislation.

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NACS to FDA: Banning Menthol Will Worsen Illicit Market

From: NACS  The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing

NACS responded to an FDA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addresses a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.

​WASHINGTON – NACS sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday expressing concern “about the adverse impact of overly restrictive federal regulations on menthol cigarettes, including a possible prohibition on manufacture or sale.”

The letter was sent in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published last month in the Federal Register.

Specifically, NACS focused its reply on a question that sought to determine whether a menthol cigarette ban would lead to illicit trade in menthol cigarettes.

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Reserves home to 50 illicit cigarette plants, say RCMP

From: Ottawa Citizen

But trafficking bill will likely die

By Douglas Quan

The RCMP estimates about 50 contraband tobacco manufacturers are operating on First Nations territories in Ontario and Quebec, according to a briefing document sent to the federal public safety minister earlier this year.

The document, released under access to information legislation, states that dozens of organized crime groups – mostly in Central Canada – are involved in the distribution of illegal smokes and reinvesting the profits they make into other crimes, including the trafficking of illicit drugs and firearms, and human smuggling.

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Former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector on Illicit Tobacco

From: Spaulding Guardian/Lincolnshire Free Press

ILLICIT TOBACCO: I applaud the Government’s decision

I write in response to your article ‘Swoop on suspected £6m smuggling ring’ published in July 23’s Lincolnshire Free Press which highlighted the continued problem of illicit tobacco in your area.

Last month’s decision by the Government to delay implementation of plain packaging for tobacco products until the emerging impact of the decision in Australia is better understood, should be welcomed by all who are concerned about counterfeit cigarettes.

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Hawks have ‘crippled’ high-profile gangs

From: IOL News (South Africa)

By Babalo Ndenze

Durban – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, has “dismantled” and “crippled” a number of high-profile gangs since last year.

It has also seized about R700-million worth of drugs and contraband with the help of communities.

In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the success rate was as a result of the Hawks’ probe into 11 criminal gangs countrywide.

He said the police also confiscated millions of rands worth of drugs and destroyed 360 million illegal cigarettes.

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