Sanctions to tackle illicit tobacco: a discussion document

Sanctions to tackle illicit tobacco: a discussion document

HMRC is consulting with key stakeholders on the range sanctions available across government to tackle the illicit tobacco market. This is intended to help government to identify new opportunities to use existing sanctions more effectively and to consider the case for strengthened or different sanctions.

HMRC states that tobacco fraud remains a problem and estimate that in 2013-14, 4 billion illicit cigarettes and 4,400 tonnes of illicit hand-rolling tobacco were consumed in the UK. The fraud is dominated globally by organised criminals and the illicit trade damages legitimate business, undermines public health and facilitates the supply of tobacco to young people.

In response, ACS have called for more effective use of the current sanctions available for retailers who sell illegal tobacco, including revoking a store’s alcohol licence, and call for increasing penalties and a sliding scale for repeat offenders.


ACS' submission: