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Smuggling of tobacco in Europe

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:263
  1. Clive Turner
  1. Executive director, industry affairs Tobacco Manufacturers Association, London SW1E 5AG

    EDITOR,--The authors of the article about smuggling of tobacco in Europe do not understand the reality of the situation in the United Kingdom.1 Legal cross border shopping is not the main issue. It is the illegal on selling in the United Kingdom of tobacco bought in countries in the European Union that have low tobacco taxes that is so concerning. British retailers, helpless to compete, now see their business eroded by illegal practice, with one Dutch brand, which is not supposed to be sold in Britain for trademark …

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