Illicit tobacco

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


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

Retailer protest plain tobacco packaging

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…

E-cigarette vaper

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.

Plain Packs

Tobacco lobby clashes over new Australian plain packs research

05 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

New Australian research on plain packaging has sparked a fresh clash between the two sides of the tobacco lobby…

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Foodservice and tobacco boost Today's Group sales by 5.2%

28 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Today’s Group has posted a 5.2% increase in full-year sales, driven by a strong performance in foodservice and tobacco…

British American Tobacco Cigarettes

BAT to appeal against £650,000 HRMC fine for oversupplying Belgium

14 Nov 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

British American Tobacco has said it will appeal against the £650,000 fine it has received from HMRC for oversupplying its products in Belgium.

Tobacco display ban sliding doors

Government: 'Retailers need to get set for display ban'

11 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

The Department of Health has appealed to retailers to start preparing for the tobacco display ban which comes into force across the UK on 6 April next year.


E-cigs can be shown on TV under new advertising code

09 Oct 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

E-cigarette suppliers will be able to show their products on television for the first time under a new code of practice.

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JTI to close Ballymena cigarette factory

08 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

JTI is to close its cigarette factory, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

Display ban

Imperial Tobacco and JTI up tobacco display ban support

06 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Imperial Tobacco and JTI have both increased their support to retailers ahead of the tobacco display ban for small shops…

Illicit tobacco

Praise for new HMRC assault on duty fraud Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Industry bodies have applauded a new HMRC crackdown on illicit alcohol and tobacco…

Marlboro Gold roll your own

Marlboro to launch Gold in roll your own Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Philip Morris is extending its iconic Marlboro Gold cigarette brand into the fast-growing roll-your-own market.

E-cigarette vaper

E-cigarette makers respond to ‘very negative’ WHO proposals Subscription

29 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Strict new proposals on the regulation of e-cigs would have a “very negative impact on the future health of smokers”.


Andrew Gray promoted to group marketing director at BAT

28 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

British American Tobacco has named Andrew Gray as its new group marketing director


E-cigs should be banned indoors, says WHO in tough new report

26 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

The burgeoning e-cigarette market faces a powerful new challenge from the World Health Organisation, which today called for tough measures including banning the use of e-cig indoors.

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Underage tobacco sales tackled by JTI pilot scheme

14 Aug 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Retailers across the North West are tackling underage tobacco sales through a £400,000 pilot scheme funded by manufacturer JTI.


Bestway, Today's & Booker set up dark-compliant gantry deals

09 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Bestway, Today’s Group and Booker retailers are set to benefit from “dedicated discounts” on dark-compliant gantries…

Public smoking

Campaigners petition the PM against plain tobacco packaging

07 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Campaigners opposed to plain tobacco packaging have submitted more than 50,000 protest letters to the PM…

Plain tobacco packs design

Ireland’s move for plain tobacco packs hits delay

06 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

The Republic of Ireland’s plans to enforce plain tobacco packaging may be delayed after three EU member states expressed their fears about the move.

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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?

E-cigarette vaper

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…

Marlboro gold

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…


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.

Jacob Fuller

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…

e-cig smoking

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.


Tobacco plain packaging: beware the hype Subscription

12 Apr 2014 | By Neil McKeganey

Tobacco plain packaging is coming to a shop near you – in fact possibly to your shop…

Cigarettes smoking

Chantler review takes us back to the start

04 Apr 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Where does the government’s tobacco policy stand after yesterday’s Chantler review into plain packs?

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