Our policy on illicit tobacco trade

Effective enforcement both domestically, and through international cooperation is key to continuing to drive down the illicit trade.

There is no such thing as a ‘safe cigarette', and claims which highlight the dangers of illegally manufactured cigarettes must not imply that legally manufactured tobacco products are, by comparison, safe.

The illicit tobacco market has decreased substantially over the last 15 years, both in the market share of rolling tobacco and manufactured cigarettes. However the illegal tobacco market still presents a significant problem, which undermines other tobacco control policies. By avoiding UK tobacco tax, smuggled tobacco products can be significantly cheaper, which dilutes the impact fiscal measures have on encouraging smokers to quit - and discouraging uptake.


Illicit Tobacco 

March 2015

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World No Tobacco Day 2015 - A Call to Action on Illicit Tobacco

May 2015

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HM Revenue & Customs and Border Force -Tackling illicit tobacco: from leaf to light 

March 2015

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APPG Smoking & Health: Inquiry into the illicit trade in tobacco products 

April 2013

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Policy Blogs

How do you sell death? The tangled world of illicit tobacco

May 2015

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Contact us

Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on tobacco.

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020 3469 8360 

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