In 2014, a campaign aimed at raising passenger awareness on illicit tobacco over the busy summer months was launched by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association and the Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Group on Monday 11th August at both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
The illicit tobacco market costs the Government £2bn in lost tax revenue in 2012/13 and brings criminality into communities across Scotland. The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association and the Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Group 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 at both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
The NUKDP market costs the Scottish economy the equivalent of £200 million per annum in lost taxes and sales. That equates to over £20,000 per annum in lost sales for small shops that sell tobacco in Scotland.
Giles Roca, Director General of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA), commented:
“We are delighted to be working on this campaign which is designed to send a clear message that bringing back tobacco from abroad and selling it on is a criminal offence. Illegal tobacco causes untold damage to legitimate retailers who serve their local community and rely on tobacco sales to drive footfall to their stores, it is time to take a stand against this crime.”
Examples of the electronic displays at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports: