Ending Tobacco Use Requires Stopping Illicit Tobacco

From: BetterRetailing

By Jack Courtez

Honest retailers will lose billions in sales in 2017 as two in five smokers get their tobacco from the illicit trade in the UK.

The latest annual survey by the Tobacco Manufacturer’s Association reveals a 1.5% increase in those who bought duty evaded tobacco either from buying abroad or illicit, taking the total to 72.5%. The research also shows the losses from duty evaded tobacco are shared by all retailers regardless of local demographics, with the consumption rates of non-UK duty paid cigarettes and RYO being similar for both high and low earners.

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