Smoking out Australia's growing illicit tobacco market: Current trends and future challenges

Cheneal Puljević, Michael King, Isabel Meciar, Coral Gartner

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Abstract

Data from the Australian Taxation Office and Australian Border Force show notable recent increases in illicit tobacco seizures across Australia. The illicit tobacco market results in substantial losses in tax revenue, funds organised crime, and perpetuates tobacco use, threatening to undermine Australia's ability to achieve its national commercial tobacco endgame goal of 5 % or less smoking prevalence by 2030. This commentary discusses recent trends in Australia's illicit tobacco trade, reasons why this is of concern, potential drivers of Australians’ illicit tobacco use, and policy measures that could be implemented to mitigate increasing illicit tobacco trade such as implementing a track and trace system, increased investment in the Australian Border Force to enhance detection of illicit tobacco shipments at Australia's borders, and encouraging public tip-offs of illicit tobacco sales.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104424
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
Volume127
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2024

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