Canada: Controlling Illicit Tobacco Trade (2019)

Author: Robert Schwartz Abstract The tobacco industry instigated illicit tobacco trade in Canada in the 1990s in response to tobacco tax increases at both the federal and provincial levels. To illegally avoid these taxes, tobacco companies exported tobacco products over the border to the United States and engaged some Indigenous communities adjacent to the border in […]

Tobacco Industry Manipulation of Data on and Press Coverage of the Illicit Tobacco Trade in the UK (2014)

Authors: Andy Rowell, Karen Evans-Reeves, and Anna Gilmore Abstract Background: In the UK, transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) have been arguing that levels of illicit trade are high and increasing and will rise further if standardised packaging is implemented. This paper examines trends in and accuracy of media reporting of, and industry data on, illicit tobacco in the UK. Methods: Quantification […]

Towards a Greater Understanding of the Illicit Tobacco Trade in Europe: A Review of the PMI Funded ‘Project Star’ Report (2013)

Authors: Anna Gilmore et al. Abstract Following a legal agreement with the European Union (EU), Philip Morris International (PMI) commissions a yearly report (‘Project Star’, PS) on the European illicit cigarette trade from KPMG, the global accountancy firm. Review of PS 2010 report. Comparison with data from independent sources including a 2010 pan-European survey (N=18 056). […]

The Tobacco Industry’s Use of Wall Street Analysts in Shaping Policy (2004)

Authors: Benjamin Alamar and Stanton Glantz Abstract Objective: To document how the tobacco industry has used Wall Street analysts to further its public policy objectives. Methods: Searching tobacco documents available on the internet, newspaper articles, and transcripts of public hearings. Results: The tobacco industry used nominally independent Wall Street analysts as third parties to support the tobacco industry’s legislative agenda […]


TRACK AND TRACE SYSTEMS AND THEIR PROPONENTS: THE LINKS WITH THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY  From Complicity in Cigarette Smuggling to Promoting so-called Solutions The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (text here) will enter into force on 25 September 2018. It builds on Article 15 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO […]