TMA plan will help authorities fight illicit tobacco traders

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Trading standards would be better resourced to fight illicit trading and efforts to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers would be scrapped under proposals put forward by the Tobacco Manufacturers Association (TMA).

In the 2016/17 Delivering In A Year Of Change report, launched this week, the TMA outlines the £11.5bn of tax the industry provides the treasury, the £2.4bn of tax lost to the illicit trade and also suggests a new regime of regulation that would protect revenues and cut crime. Giles Roca, director general of the TMA, described the recent introduction of plain packaging as an “unprecedented and unnecessary attack on a legal business which sets a dangerous precedent for other sectors” and said EUTPD II reductions in small tobacco formats had “reduced footfall and incidental spend” for retailers.

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