Tobacco Industry Manipulation of Data on and Press Coverage of the Illicit Tobacco Trade in the UK (2014)

Authors: Andy Rowell, Karen Evans-Reeves, and Anna Gilmore Abstract Background: In the UK, transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) have been arguing that levels of illicit trade are high and increasing and will rise further if standardised packaging is implemented. This paper examines trends in and accuracy of media reporting of, and industry data on, illicit tobacco in the UK. Methods: Quantification […]

Towards a Greater Understanding of the Illicit Tobacco Trade in Europe: A Review of the PMI Funded ‘Project Star’ Report (2013)

Authors: Anna Gilmore et al. Abstract Following a legal agreement with the European Union (EU), Philip Morris International (PMI) commissions a yearly report (‘Project Star’, PS) on the European illicit cigarette trade from KPMG, the global accountancy firm. Review of PS 2010 report. Comparison with data from independent sources including a 2010 pan-European survey (N=18 056). […]

Public Policy Implications of Tobacco Industry Smuggling Through Native American Reservations into Canada (2008)

Authors: Max H Kelton Jr and  Michael S Givel Abstract From 1980 to 1994, the Canadian government enacted major tax increases on tobacco products. These actions initiated significant tobacco smuggling from the United States into Canada through a few U.S. Native American reservations to undercut the price of Canadian tobacco products. The tobacco industry blamed […]

Protecting Your Country’s Tobacco Track and Trace System From the Tobacco Industry (2019)

Executive Summary The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (ITP) requires a global tobacco tracking and tracing system.1 Packs of cigarettes and rolling tobacco need to be marked with a secure, unique ID so they can be tracked from their point of manufacture to the point where all taxes have been paid. If […]

Tobacco Industry’s Elaborate Attempts to Control a Global Track and Trace System and Fundamentally Undermine the Illicit Trade Protocol (2019)

Authors: Anna B Gilmore, Allen W A Gallagher, and Andy Rowell Abstract Background: The Illicit Trade Protocol (ITP) requires a global track and trace (T&T) system to reduce tobacco smuggling. Given the tobacco industry’s (TI) historical involvement in tobacco smuggling, it stipulates that T&T ‘shall not be performed by or delegated to the tobacco industry’. This […]

Tobacco Industry Data on Illicit Tobacco Trade: A Systematic Review of Existing Assessments (2019)

Authors: Allen Gallagher, et al. Abstract Objective: To examine the quality of tobacco industry-funded data on the illicit tobacco trade (ITT) through a systematic review of existing assessments of industry-funded data on ITT. Data sources: Papers and reports assessing tobacco industry-funded data on ITT were obtained via searches of 8 academic databases, Google searches and correspondence with […]

Tobacco Taxation, Illegal Cigarette Supply and Geography (2019)

Author: Dardo Curti et al. Abstract Background: In Uruguay, real tobacco taxes increased significantly during 2005–2010 and 2014–2017 and decreased during 2010–2014. The effects of these tax changes on illegal and legal cigarette usage differed significantly when we compared cities in the middle and south of the country with cities on the border. Objective: This paper […]

Memoranda of Understanding: A Tobacco Industry Strategy to Undermine Illicit Tobacco Trade Policies (2019)

Authors: Eric Crosbie, Stella Bialous and Stanton A Glantz Abstract Objective: Analyse the transnational tobacco companies’ (TTCs) memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on illicit trade and how they could undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (Protocol). Methods: Review of tobacco industry documents and websites, reports, […]