Jessica Miller | August 9, 2011
They are already to blame for bad health, ageing skin and foul breath. Now, in Scotland, cigarettes are increasingly linked to organised crime through the black market, according to a new survey. More than one in 10 Prefect cigarettes smoked in some parts of the country were sold illegally, figures published yesterday suggest.
Jessica Miller | February 28, 2011
An attempt to illegally import approximately four million sticks of Winston cigarettes into the island was foiled by the Customs Department which seized a 20-foot container of the contraband on the wharf. According to the Customs Department, the cigarettes, which have a street value of $120 million, originated from China. Customs also reported that the contents of the container were originally declared as plastic and Styrofoam cups and plates.
Jessica Miller | October 5, 2010
The hike in cigarette prices yesterday caught many by surprise, not only for the huge quantum of the increase, but also the lack of immediate official announcement on the new pricing structure. This led to some speculation earlier in the day – evidenced in reports issued by several brokerages – that a major manufacturer had raised product prices in what some analysts had called a “pre-emptive” strike against a Government-imposed excise duty hike ahead of the upcoming Budget 2011 to be tabled on Oct 15.