All Tobacco articles – Page 5

  • JTI removes 30th gantry for selling illegal tobacco

    JTI removes 30th gantry for selling illegal tobacco


    JTI has removed its tobacco gantry from Grover Superstore in Canterbury Avenue, Slough, following the decision taken by Slough Borough Council to revoke the store’s Premises Licence. Evidence presented to the council’s Licencing Sub-Committee by Slough Trading Standards showed repeated seizures of illegal tobacco. Charlie Cunningham-Reid, UK head of corporate ...

  • Shisha tobacco smuggler jailed for 42 months

    Shisha tobacco smuggler jailed for 42 months


    A man smuggled more than 4,000kg of shisha tobacco products into the UK and then tried to flee the country, has been jailed for 42 months. Sam Khazaei, of Rooley Lane, Bradford, illegally imported large quantities of shisha tobacco to evade more than £440,000 in taxes, a HM Revenue and ...

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    product news: Imperial Tobacco extends Rizla range


    Imperial Tobacco has launched a new addition to its Rizla papers range, Rizla Natura. Out now in the independent channel, Imperial Tobacco says Rizla Natura is a new approach to papers and tips that’s designed to provide adult smokers with an authentic smoking experience. Natura is crafted from hemp, ...

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    Smoke-free zone


    There’s no doubting that the UK’s drive to eradicate smoking is working. It seems incredible now but in 1974, more than 50% of men and just over 40% of women smoked. Since then a campaign of high taxes on tobacco products and seemingly unrelenting legislation regarding their sales has led ...

  • Derby-based tobacco smugglers jailed after HMRC raid

    Derby-based tobacco smugglers jailed after HMRC raid


    The leaders of a cigarette smuggling gang, who evaded almost £1.2m in taxes, have been jailed after they were caught with more than three million illegal cigarettes. Derby men Alan Rashid, 33, and Goran Mohamed Ahmed, 34, masterminded the operation to smuggle and distribute illegal cigarettes over a four-year ...

  • Lorry driver jailed for three years for smuggling tobacco

    Lorry driver jailed for three years for smuggling tobacco


    A lorry driver who smuggled more than nine million cigarettes into the UK hidden inside air filter units, evading £2.5m in duty, has been jailed for three years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation. Andrzej Krasnodebski, 45, was arrested by Border Force officers at Dover Eastern Docks ...

  • ACS calls for stronger sanctions on illicit trade

    ACS calls for stronger sanctions on illicit trade


    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the publication of the Government’s new Tobacco Strategy, calling for more powers to tackle the illicit trade locally in addition to the national measures set out in the document. The strategy commits to the following measures at a national level: ...

  • HMRC seizes tobacco from shops in Manchester and Liverpool

    HMRC seizes tobacco from shops in Manchester and Liverpool


    An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Greater Manchester and Merseyside uncovered nearly two million cigarettes and more than 80 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit. Around 120 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), with support from local council trading standards, ...

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    Product news: Republic Technologies taps into RYO market with launch of kingsize tubes


    Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd plans to drive growth of the £254 million tobacco accessories category with the launch of Swan Kingsize Cigarette Tubes, the brand’s latest innovation. The company says the Kingsize Cigarette Tubes tap into the £1.9 million tubing market, meeting demand from ‘cash-conscious’ consumers looking for a quality ...

  • One in eight London shops selling illegal tobacco says JTI

    One in eight London shops selling illegal tobacco says JTI


    An undercover operation by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has found that one in eight London retailers are selling illegal tobacco products under the counter. Research conducted by JTI among smokers in the capital also revealed that more than a third (37%) have purchased illegal cigarettes, with 28% having being offered ...

  • North Wales Police thwart thieves in break-in

    North Wales Police thwart thieves in break-in


    North Wales Police are seeking the public’s assistance following a burglary at Pontblyddyn, Service Station, in Flintshire, at approximately 2am on Thursday May 18. Detective inspector Jackie Downes at Mold CID said: “During the break-in offenders attempted to steal a significant quantity of tobacco. “However, due to the prompt arrival ...

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    Product news: STG livens up small cigar sector with VFM ’Moments’


    Scandinavian Tobacco Group UK Limited (STG UK) is set to reinvigorate the small cigar segment with its latest new product launch, Moments Panatella. As the tobacco category braces itself for the impact of EUTPD 2, the company says the new launch will provide retailers with a visible value alternative that ...

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    All change


    As you’ll all be aware, it’s all change again in the tobacco category as more legislation from EUTPDII and the UK government comes into play. Basically that means that from May 20, you are no longer allowed to sell branded packs of cigarettes or tobacco, or price-marked packs, or the ...

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    New rules


    It’s all change in the vaping market as the EUTPD II regulations come into force, meaning only compliant stock can be sold from May 20 onwards. Although this places a burden on forecourt retailers to ensure the products they sell are compliant, the regulations also bring an opportunity, as experts ...

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    Seeing through the smoke


    Are you confident that you and your staff know enough about the changes in the tobacco market to communicate them to any smokers who might ask about them? If you’re not, you’re not alone as research from Palmer and Harvey reveals that a third of retailers have still not heard ...

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    Mayday, Mayday


    Last year was a momentous one for the tobacco retail trade as all stores went ’dark’ and products were hidden away behind closed doors. This year we are expecting the implementation of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive II (EUTPD II) and with it more draconian changes, not least of ...

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    Vaper money


    The last time Forecourt Trader ran an in-depth piece on e-cigarettes just a few months ago an expert independent review had concluded that e-cigs were less harmful than tobacco. As this article was being written, scientists had said e-cigs may be no better than their tobacco counterparts. However, their tests ...

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    Vape crusaders


    The e-cig industry must have been collectively jumping for joy last month after an expert independent review concluded that e-cigs were around 95% less harmful than tobacco and had the potential to help smokers quit. In what is still a relatively new industry, there has been some controversy about ...

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    Hidden strengths


    The tobacco gantry at Askern Service Station in Doncaster ’went dark’ at the end of February, well ahead of the official start date of April 6. Site manager, Richard Nixon, says everyone was well prepared. "Staff were well briefed so they knew all about the legislation and could tell customers ...

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    Behind closed doors


    In just two months, the way tobacco is sold across the UK will change forever with all displays going dark or ’behind closed doors’. But luckily the ’big boys’ went first so smaller retailers can learn from stores of 3,000sq ft or more whose tobacco displays went dark in England, ...