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The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa says a rushed new system for tracking cigarettes would see a multi-billion tender awarded to a monopoly yet may fail to curb illegal cigarette trade. Read more

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KPMG’s “Stella Report,” commissioned by Philip Morris International, reported that Greece has the highest rate of contraband cigarettes in the European Union, costing governments €690 million in revenues last year. Read more

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An illegal cigarette factory was dismantled near the city of Namur, ending a months-long investigation by customs authorities into an illicit cigarette trade worth an estimated EUR6 million. Read more

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A recent study conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by British American Tobacco reveals that in 2018 about 60% of Malaysia’s cigarette market was made up of illegal products. Read more

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Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue raided and sealed an illegal cigarette manufacturing factory in Buner allegedly run by the family of the vice chairman of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment. Read more

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Mike Ridgway of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance supports the recent Local Government Association warning that millions of fake cigarettes are entering the UK and undermining efforts to cut smoking. Read more

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The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue started the year by destroying various illegally operated cigarette-making equipment and fake cigarettes in mid-January to show the government’s commitment to fight tobacco smuggling and counterfeiting. Read more

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Japan Tobacco International is rejoining the Association of the Tobacco Industry of Cambodia after leaving it in mid-2016. Read more

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Customs officials at Taiwan's the Port of Tai-chung seized approximately 18.6 metric tons of smuggled tobacco in early June. Read more

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A new report says that 53 billion illegal cigarettes were consumed in member states last year. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Jumping the Gun with E-Cig Bans?

Food for thought: could this rush to ban e-cigarettes and flavors actually backfire on public health?

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