ASH Daily News for 22 August 2019



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  • Tobacco suppliers target holidaymakers in anti-resale campaign
  • Trio of Ipswich shop owners plead guilty to sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco

International

  • Bitter leaves: Tobacco’s devastating global legacy

UK

Tobacco suppliers target holidaymakers in anti-resale campaign

The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association is running an advertising campaign targeting holidaymakers considering reselling cheap tobacco bought overseas. The campaign points out that such tobacco has not had UK taxes paid, and its resale carries with it risk of prosecution and a criminal record.

No limits are currently imposed when returning from another EU country, but anyone bringing excessive quantities of tobacco in their baggage might need to prove to law enforcement authorities that it is for their personal use. For those holidaying outside the EU, the allowance is 200 cigarettes or 250g of rolling tobacco, duty free.

The campaign, which runs until the end of September, targets tourist hubs that include Manchester, East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, Glasgow International and London Luton airports, the port of Dover and central city locations in London and Edinburgh.

For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/arrivals-from-eu-countries https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/arrivals-from-outside-the-eu

Source: The Grocer, 19 August 2019

See also:
Tobacco Tactics: Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association

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Trio of Ipswich shop owners plead guilty to sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco

The respective owners of three unconnected shops in Ipswich have been prosecuted as part of an illicit tobacco sting operation. Prosecuting on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards, Richard Power said the charges came from an operation carried out on April 25 last year after officers received intelligence illicit tobacco products were being sold from the shops.

Undercover officers, acting as customers, managed to buy illicit cigarettes from all three of the stores. Search warrants were executed a few months later, discovering more illegal tobacco products at all three shops. In mitigation, all three men said they were not hands on at their businesses day to day and that they did not know illicit tobacco had been sold through their premises.

Presiding magistrate Paul Thacker handed the three men each an eight week prison sentence, suspended for one year. mHe also ordered two of the men to pay fines each of over £2,000. Additionally, all three shop owners were made to pay a £122 victim surcharge.

Source: Ipswich Star, 20 August 2019

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International

Bitter leaves: Tobacco’s devastating global legacy

The Guardian features a photo essay on a new book by Rocco Rorandelli, Bitter Leaves, which explores the environmental, health and social impacts of the tobacco cycle, from seed to sale across the world.

The photos and text in the article explore the labour conditions of tobacco workers, the gendered makeup of the tobacco workforce, the use of child labour and the health effects of the final product.

Source: Guardian, 21 August 2019

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