Mud-slinging continues between tobacco bodies following calls for industry investigation

15 March 2021Carin Smith, Fin24 In the wake of Ipsos-report it commissioned on the illicit cigarette trade in South Africa, British American Tobacco SA (BATSA) accuses some industry bodies of “running scared in their U-turn on baking” for an industry-wide investigation into the rampant illicit tobacco trade….Read more

PMI Partners with U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Combatting Illicit Trade

Philip Morris International NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 29, 2021– Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assist and support Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) illicit tobacco trade operations and other intellectual property rights investigations. “We are thrilled […]

The Illicit Cigarette Market in Six South African Townships (2020)

Authors: Kirsten van der Zee et al. Abstract Background: We estimate the size of the illicit cigarette market in low socioeconomic areas in South Africa before and after a tax increase. In 2018, the real excise tax increased by 3% and the value-added tax (VAT) rate increased from 14% to 15%. Thus, the real tax on […]