Our policy on illicit tobacco trade

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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.

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