Every year, around 600 billion cigarettes are traded on the black market – that’s up to 12% of global tobacco sales. This robs governments of around £30 billion in taxes annually.
That’s why we invest nearly £40 million each year to fight illicit trade
. We work with governments, law enforcement agencies, the industry and international organisations to stop the criminal gangs behind this business.
As part of a 20-year cooperation agreement with the European Commission, we are providing funding of €134 million to combat illicit trade. In addition, as part of an industry group, we have signed an agreement with the United Nations to implement anti-illicit trade solutions that work across national borders.