While the illicit tobacco trade in Australia is well known to government and police officials, new claims have come out that tobacconists are employing sneaky tactics to promote cigarettes.
Authorities have provided information suggesting criminal tobacco networks are managing to avoid more than $4 billion a year in excise taxes. It has been reported that the criminal networks are using the profits from selling illicit tobacco to fund activities including terrorism. Ritchies Stores chief executive Fred Harrison said illegal tobacco is causing an epidemic
KPMG report identifies growing proportion of counterfeit and illicit white cigarettes.