Press Releases

Press Releases

Search through the listings below to see what the TRA and our members have been saying in the news

NEW SURVEY: RETAILERS HIT BY DOUBLE WHAMMY OF FAILING PLAIN PACKAGING POLICY AND SMALL PACK BAN

Sunday 20th May 2018 marks the first anniversary of the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products in the UK and the ban on small tobacco packs (packs with less than 20 cigarettes or hand rolling with less than 30 grams). The Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance (TRA), the group that represents tens of thousands of independent […]

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Budget Reaction: Hammond Hammers Small Tobacco Retailers

Responding to today’s tobacco duty increase, Suleman Khonat, spokesperson for the TRA said: “The decision to raise tobacco duties for the second time this year is a hammer blow for the nation’s shopkeepers and a massive own goal by the Government. It will simply drive more and more customers to the illegal market and allow […]

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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 LAUNCHES 2018 A FAIR DEAL FOR SMALL SHOPS

19th October 2017   Today, the Tobacco Retailer’s Alliance (TRA) is launching its 2018 A Fair Deal For Small Shops.  This report highlights the value of retailers to communities and tobacco to retailers’ revenues.  It makes a series of recommendations about how the Government can assist retailers in tackling illegal tobacco and retail crime.  It […]

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