Contraband Cigarettes Entering the UK in 2012

In 2012, there was increase of 10 percent in the number of illicit or counterfeit cigarettes that were smuggled into the United Kingdom, according to a survey commissioned by tobacco companies.

The city of London had the highest amount of contraband cigarettes with 35 percent of the market being fakes or smuggled cigarettes.

In total, the United Kingdom Government losses up to $5.4 Billion in tobacco tax revenue each year due to smuggling activities.

Source:  Justin Davenport, “Third of cigarettes are illicit as smuggling is new ‘crime of choice’,” London Evening Standard, March 4, 2013.