Is the Illicit Cigarette Market Really Growing? The Tobacco Industry’s Misleading Math Trick (2016)

Author: Michal Stoklosa The tobacco industry regularly uses the threat of increased illicit cigarette trade to dissuade governments from implementing prohealth policies. Illicit trade is the number one argument used by the tobacco lobby to oppose tobacco tax increases, and is also being used against implementation of other major tobacco control measures such as plain packaging, […]

Assessment of the European Union’s Illicit Trade Agreements with the Four Major Transnational Tobacco Companies (2016)

Authors: Luk Joossens et al. Abstract To address the illicit cigarette trade, the European Union (EU) has signed agreements with the four major Transnational Tobacco Companies (TTCs) that involve establishing extensive systems of cooperation. All agreements foresee two types of payments: annual payments (totalling US$ 1.9 billion over 20 years) and supplementary seizure payments, equivalent to […]

Content Analysis of Tobacco Industry Data on the Illicit Tobacco Trade in UK Newspapers During the Standardized Packaging Debate (2016)

Authors: Karen Evans-Reeves et al. Abstract Background: Standardised tobacco packaging, which commenced in the UK in May, 2016, has been vehemently opposed by transnational tobacco companies. Previous research has concluded that companies invoke the existence of an illicit trade in tobacco to oppose tobacco control policies and exaggerate its true scale. The argument they make […]

The Tobacco Industry and the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (2016)

I. Introduction The illicit tobacco trade is a global problem that threatens the public health gains of tobacco control and the outcomes of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). In addition to the damage caused to health, the illicit trade in tobacco is a form of tax evasion and thus also inflicts […]

Tobacco Tax and the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in New Zealand (2015)

Authors: Ali Ajmal and Veng Ian U Abstract Objectives: To estimate the size of illegal tobacco trade and consumption and assess the impact of tobacco tax on the illicit tobacco market in New Zealand (NZ). Methods: Data on the import and seizure of legal and illegal tobacco in NZ was obtained from NZ Customs. Previous […]

Are the Tobacco Industry’s Claims About the Size of the Illicit Cigarette Market Credible? The Case of South Africa (2015)

Authors: Corné van Walbeek and Lerato Shai Abstract Background: The tobacco industry claims that illicit cigarette trade in South Africa is high and rising. This is often used as an argument not to increase the tobacco excise tax or to regulate tobacco products. Objectives: To determine how the tobacco industry’s estimates of the size of […]

“It Will Harm Business and Increase Illicit Trade”: An Evaluation of the Relevance, Quality and Transparency of Evidence Submitted by the Tobacco Industry to the UK Consultation on Standardised Packaging 2012 (2015)

Authors: Karen Evans-Reeves et al. Introduction: Transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) submitted evidence to the 2012 UK Consultation on standardised packaging (SP) to argue the policy will have detrimental economic impacts and increase illicit tobacco trade. Methods: A content analysis of the four TTC submissions to the consultation assessed the relevance and quality of evidence TTCs […]

Illegal Trade of Tobacco Products: What You Should Know to Stop it (2015)

Overview The illicit trade of tobacco products poses major health, economic and security concerns around the world. It is estimated that one in every 10 cigarettes and tobacco products consumed globally is illicit. It is for this reason that combatting the illegal tobacco trade is the theme of WHO’s annual World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) […]

Approaches for Controlling Illicit Tobacco Trade — Nine Countries and the European Union (2015)

Authors: Hana Ross et al. An estimated 11.6% of the world cigarette market is illicit, representing more than 650 billion cigarettes a year and $40.5 billion in lost revenue (1). Illicit tobacco trade refers to any practice related to distributing, selling, or buying tobacco products that is prohibited by law, including tax evasion (sale of tobacco […]

Use of Tobacco Tax Stamps to Prevent and Reduce Illicit Tobacco Trade — United States, 2014 (2015)

Author: Jamie Chriqui Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States (1). Increasing the unit price on tobacco products is the most effective tobacco prevention and control measure (2). Illicit tobacco trade (illicit trade) undermines high tobacco prices by providing tobacco users with cheaper-priced alternatives (3). In the […]