Tag Archives: tobacco

AACS hits back at tobacco tax increase

Tobacco in Australia has been hit with its seventh consecutive annual tax hike. According to the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS), the 12.5 per cent tax increase reinforces Australia’s position as one of the world’s most expensive markets to buy legal tobacco. It’s no surprise, then, that Australia is …

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Many tobacco retailers would prefer not to sell tobacco

New research has revealed that one in five tobacco retailers would prefer not to sell tobacco products. Cancer Council NSW and Western Sydney University carried out the research. Together they sampled a range of tobacco retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores and newsagents. “A further 37 per cent of retailers …

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TIC hits back at BATA’s non-compliance claim

Tobacco Imports Company (TIC) has responded to claims by British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) that some of TIC’s brands don’t comply with the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act. In an open letter to Convenience World, TIC Director Michael Kollaras wrote: “TIC’s strict quality-control policy is and always has been in place …

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Health Minister’s ban on e-cigarettes faces mounting opposition

The crossbench has put the Turnbull government on notice, stating no bills for which Health Minister Greg Hunt is responsible will pass through the Senate until he reverses the ban on nicotine e-cigarettes. A recently released report by the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport …

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Government steps up fight against illicit tobacco

The first of two bills aimed at closing down the illicit-tobacco market was introduced into parliament last week. The bill will see maximum penalties for excise offences increase to 10 years’ imprisonment and the potential for heavy fines for convictions in relation to offences involving commercial quantities of illicit tobacco …

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MGA urges action as illicit tobacco ravages retailers

MGA Independent Retailers has urged the federal Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue to recommend new powers to fight the illegal-tobacco market in Australia. Appearing before the committee last week, the employer organisation’s CEO, Jos de Bruin, detailed the crime’s devastating impact on the nation’s retailers. “In the past 12 …

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MGA backs call for urgent action on illicit tobacco

MGA Independent Retailers has backed calls from the National Party for a coordinated, nationwide approach to combat the illicit trade in regional communities across Australia. At the party’s 2017 federal conference earlier this month, a motion was passed, acknowledging the serious law-and-order problems caused by illegal tobacco. MGA Independent Retailers …

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ACCC rules out tobacco companies acting together

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is denying authorisation for British American Tobacco Australia (BATA), Imperial Tobacco Australia (ITA) and Philip Morris Ltd (PML) jointly to cease supplying retailers or wholesalers they consider to be supplying illicit tobacco. The companies had submitted that the proposed conduct would reduce retail sales …

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Tobacco industry wants national strategy on illicit supply

Illegal tobacco represented 13.9 per cent of total national tobacco consumption last year, with 2.3 million kg of illicit tobacco consumed, according to IPMG LLP’s ‘Illicit Tobacco in Australia 2016’ report. The report, commissioned by Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco, estimates that if this illicit tobacco had been sold legally, …

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