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NEW RESEARCH: Illicit tobacco trade costs each small shop over £32,000 last year as retailers overwhelmingly reject second duty increase at forthcoming budget

The Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance today publishes research that has found on average each small retailer lost £32,000 last year, an increase of nearly a thousand pounds, due to the high prevalence of the illicit trade whilst the results of a survey of 113 TRA members show that they believe a second tobacco duty increase at […]

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Anti-Tobacco Lobby Group Lets ‘Cat out of the Bag’ by demanding tobacco licensing scheme as a revenue raiser

Anti-Tobacco Lobby Group Lets ‘Cat out of the Bag’ by demanding tobacco licensing scheme as a revenue raiser Report also finds main source of illicit tobacco to be non-retail Finds link between children increasingly purchasing illicit tobacco Lobby Group criticised given its role in aggressively pushing for high tobacco taxes A publicly funded tobacco control […]

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TRA Autumn Budget Survey

In October 2017, we commissioned a survey of our members in order to obtain their views ahead of the November Budget. In summary: 1. 86% agree that if the Government raises tobacco taxes for the second time in 2017 it will make it harder for them to stay in business. 2. 91% agree that if […]

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Autumn Budget: TRA Calls on Chancellor to rule out further tobacco tax hikes

For immediate release With a the Autumn Budget confirmed for the 22nd November, the Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance (TRA), the group that represents thousands of independent tobacco retailers, is today calling on the Government to: 1. Rule out further increases in tobacco tax this year; 2. Repeal the heavy-handed tobacco regulations that threaten to put them […]

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New Survey finds retailers needed more support from the Government over recent tobacco product changes

The survey of over 200 TRA members from across the UK found that the majority of retailers received no direct communication from national government, responsible for introducing the measures, nor from local government in the form of Trading Standards, responsible for enforcing the measures once they had been introduced. The key findings: • 68% of […]

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