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Washout summer adds to tobacco woes for c-stores Subscription

28 Aug 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

An escalation of the illicit trade in tobacco is piling the pressure on convenience store operators

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Five arrests made in illicit tobacco raid

24 Aug 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

HMRC officers seized 3,500,000 cigarettes and over 150,000 cans of beer and cider from industrial units in the Tottenham area

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Imperial Tobacco volumes and revenues dip in first nine months Subscription

19 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Don

Imperial Tobacco, manufacturer of major tobacco brands, including JPS, Lambert & Butler and Golden Virginia, has reported tobacco net revenue down 4% to £4.4bn in the nine months to the end of June.

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Electronic cigarettes 95% less harmful than tobacco says government body

19 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Don

Electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful to health than conventional tobacco products, according to a new report from Public Health England.

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Imperial Tobacco targets car boot sales as source of illegal tobacco

11 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Don

Poll claims 1 in 3 smokers purchase illegal tobacco from pubs, market stalls and car boot sales

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Smugglers get 15 years in £3m illicit tobacco case

22 Jul 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Group used a freight company as a cover to smuggle the cigarettes inside boxes of fruit and vegetables

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Tobacco display ban: independents hail smooth implementation Subscription

19 Jun 2015 | By Fiona McLelland

The vast majority of c-stores have complied fully with the tobacco display ban extended to small shops in April…

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E-cigarette users in Wales face government clampdown

09 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Don

Welsh government aims to bring e-cigarette laws in line with current tobacco restrictions

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Ice cream vans among non-traditional illegal tobacco distributors, Imperial Tobacco warns Subscription

09 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Don

The manufacturer of leading brands has highlighted the issue in the latest instalment of its Suspect it? Report it! Anti-illicit trade campaign

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JTI to challenge tobacco plain packaging in the High Court

27 May 2015 | By Andrew Don

The move comes just days after Philip Morris International (PMI) also said it intended to challenge the law in the High Court

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Imperial Tobacco sees benefits of savings Subscription

06 May 2015 | By Andrew Don

The company’s cost optimisation programme is on track to deliver further incremental savings of £85m in the full year

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Tobacco: local authorities pose restriction threat, warns ACS Subscription

27 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks

The increasing powers being handed to local authorities could lead to further restrictions on tobacco, the ACS has warned…

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McDonnell’s DIY gantry solution is top drawer Subscription

10 Apr 2015

Kieran McDonnell, a member of the NFRN executive committee, installed his own under-the-counter drawers from a kitchen shop

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Philip Morris e-cig firm slated over failure to deliver gantries Subscription

10 Apr 2015 | By Helen Gilbert, Ronan Hegarty

Retailers contacted The Grocer this week expressing their anger as their promised gantry had not been fitted in time - leaving them to come up with a DIY solution at short notice

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HMRC seizes huge amounts of illicit tobacco

02 Apr 2015 | By Andrew Don

The biggest haul involved HMRC in co-operation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) which seized more than 43m smuggled cigarettes in Croatia and Greece

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HMRC illict tobacco strategy unambitious says ACS Subscription

01 Apr 2015 | By Andrew Don

The targets are included in HMRC’s new tobacco smuggling strategy unveiled last week

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Illicit tobacco clampdown plan issued by HMRC and Border Force

25 Mar 2015 | By Andrew Don

The measures include the introduction of a registration scheme for those who deal in raw tobacco

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Plain tobacco packaging plans flawed by security loophole Subscription

13 Mar 2015 | By Andrew Don

Key tools in the fight against illicit tobacco will become illegal because plain packaging regulations will forcibly remove them from packs

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Ian Paisley claims plain packaging would ban tobacco security features, aid illicit trade

11 Mar 2015 | By Andrew Don

Paisley said the regulations for plain packaging would forcibly remove Codentify from current packs

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Proposal to make proxy tobacco purchase illegal welcomed by retailers

26 Feb 2015 | By Andrew Don

Regulations would put responsibility on purchasing adults rather than retailers, would include e-cigs

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Plain tobacco packaging proposals protested by retailers

12 Feb 2015 | By Andrew Don

NFRN members march on Department of Health to get point across on government plans

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Plain tobacco pack regulation plans squeezed by general election Subscription

16 Jan 2015 | By Andrew Don

Time is running out for the government to introduce plain packaging regulation for tobacco…

Imperial Tobacco warns over fake £3-off vouchers

09 Jan 2015 | By Andrew Don

Cigarette manufacturers hope retailers will help them stub out a scam that offers customers money off cigarettes…

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Government launches consultation on sale of e-cigs to under-18s

18 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on stopping the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s.

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OC&C Global 50: International expansion still holds key for struggling tobacco firms Subscription

15 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Revenues and margins both fell for the globe’s biggest tobacco firms last year according to the OC&C Global 50, but an industry struggling with declining cigarette volumes is still looking to new markets to underpin future growth.

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Higgins takes on the display ban Subscription

10 Apr 2015 | By Higgins

Our cartoonist’s interpretation of the best options for stores in the wake of tobacco gantries going dark

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Tobacco display ban for independent retailers looms Subscription

13 Mar 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

They had three more years than supermarkets to prepare, so are indies ready for the tobacco display ban?

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Fears of e-cigarette stagnation are just a case of the vapours Subscription

17 Feb 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

Reports this morning over the stunted growth of the e-cigarette market fail to capture the whole picture

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E-cigarettes category report 2015

13 Feb 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

Now should be the perfect time for electronic cigarettes to start making serious inroads

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Focus on e-cigarettes Subscription

13 Feb 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

With storm clouds gathering for the tobacco sector, and the display ban coming fully into effect in April…

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Tobacco: rising duty pushes smokers to economy-brand and RYO Subscription

19 Dec 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

With the spectre of plain packaging looming ever larger and the final piece of the display ban puzzle…

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Gloomy predications for European tobacco market Subscription

28 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Profits are set to plunge in the European Tobacco Industry as cigarette-makers struggle against the long-term decline in sales volumes.

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Jacob Fuller on why the e-cig market won't go up in smoke Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By James Halliwell

Jacob Fuller, UK CEO of e-cig supplier Blu, on exploding sales, cowboy suppliers and the role of Big Tobacco…

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E-cigarettes in the dock Subscription

26 Aug 2014 Updated: 27 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

The World Health Organisation’s damning assessment of e-cigarettes will be dispiriting reading to suppliers.

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Imperial Tobacco's US growth is a bold risk Subscription

15 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Few doubt that Imperial Tobacco’s US expansion is transformational - whether it’s wholly desirable is more contentious.

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(Not-so) plain sailing

27 Jun 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

With the headlines full of stories about sugar, the government chose an interesting moment to publish draft legislation on plain packaging for tobacco.

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