TMA Anti-Illicit Trade Ports Campaign 2016

At the end of July 2016 a campaign aimed at raising passenger awareness of illicit tobacco over the busy summer months was launched by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association at Heathrow, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports. The campaign is also being extended to Dover from August.

The illicit tobacco market cost the UK Government £2.1bn in lost tax revenue in 2014/15 alone with a further £500m lost to cross border shopping. The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association are committed to tackling the issue and educating passengers who may not be fully aware that bringing tobacco products into the UK and selling them on is a criminal offence. This campaign was supported by a series of illuminated messages prominently displayed across Heathrow, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports.

Giles Roca, Director General of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA), commented:

“As people head abroad for their summer holidays, we are taking this opportunity to remind them with this new campaign that it is illegal to bring back tobacco from overseas and then sell it on in the UK.

Reselling tobacco bought overseas is not a victimless crime. This practice affects many hard-working independent shopkeepers who are deprived of legitimate tobacco sales and related footfall.

This year we are also extending the reach of the campaign to include those leaving by ferry by covering the country’s busiest port at Dover. Our advice is simple; don’t be tempted.”

Examples of the electronic displays at Edinburgh and Cardiff airports: