Some good news
HM Revenue and Customs recently published their latest report on the market share of illegal tobacco. The results are good news.
Illegal cigarettes now make up an average of 10 per cent of the total number of cigarettes smoked in the UK, down from 13 per cent the previous year. And the size of the market for illegal hand-rolled tobacco is down too, to 46 per cent from 50 per cent the previous year.
The fight against illicit tobacco is working, thanks to the concerned efforts of everyone working together – HMRC, Trading Standards, the police, people working in health teams and the public themselves amongst others. This must continue, along with all efforts to reduce tobacco use as a whole; after all, the sad fact is that smoking will kill half of all its long term users regardless of where the tobacco has been bought.