“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 […]

Closing the Door on Illicit Tobacco Trade, Opens the Way to Better Tobacco Control (2015)

Author: Vinayak Prasad et al. This year we are celebrating with the world the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Parties to the WHO FCTC have come a long way in tobacco control since the negotiations of the Convention started; nonetheless there […]

European Watchdog is Failing to Hold Tobacco Industry to Account Over Smuggling (2015)

Author: Martin McKee What are agreements with the industry worth? For over a decade the European Union’s antifraud organisation, OLAF (Office Européen de Lutte Antifraude) has, controversially, engaged with the tobacco industry, ostensibly to counter tobacco smuggling. This is despite extensive evidence of industry complicity in smuggling,1 a situation that seems to persist.2 It also represents a U-turn […]

Did the Tobacco Industry Inflate Estimates of Illicit Cigarette Consumption in Asia? (2015)

Author: Jing Chen et al. Abstract Objective: Estimates of illicit cigarette consumption are limited and the data obtained from studies funded by the tobacco industry have a tendency to inflate them. This study aimed to validate an industry-funded estimate of 35.9% for Hong Kong using a framework taken from an industry-funded report, but with more transparent data […]

Measures to Control Illicit Tobacco Trade (2015)

Introduction The tobacco market, like many other markets, is subject to illegal activities, primarily related to tax evasion and counterfeiting of legal products. Since a sizable illicit tobacco market can both deprive governments of much needed revenue and undermine the effectiveness of tobacco control efforts, governments dealing with the issue have developed a set of […]

Controlling Illicit Tobacco Trade: International Experience (2015)

Introduction This report presents a series of case studies on the efforts of various governments to address illicit trade in tobacco. The countries for the case studies were selected based on meeting the following set of criteria: an explicit, and in many cases a comprehensive, effort to deal with tobacco tax evasion and tax avoidance; […]

A Critique of the ITIC/O Asia-14 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2013 (2015)

Author: Hana Ross Executive Sumary The “Asia-14 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2013” (Asia-14) report was published by the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) and Oxford Economics (OE) as a follow up to their previous attempt to estimate the scope and composition of illicit tobacco consumption in Asia presented in “Asia-11 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2012” (Asia-11). […]