Illicit trade, Tobacco Industry-funded Studies and Policy Influence in the EU and UK (2014)

Authors: Gary Jonas FooksSilvy Peeters and Karen Evans-Reeves

In the course of the last decade, the tobacco industry has attempted to increase the political salience of the illicit trade in tobacco products (illicit trade) (box 1).Tobacco companies have claimed that sharp rises in tobacco taxation and innovative regulation, such as standardised packaging and product display bans, are drivers of the illicit trade, and have advocated programmes of engagement with policymakers and other social actors in an effort to ensure that the issue is given greater consideration in health policymaking.

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