Illegal cigarette market costs UK taxpayer nearly £2bn, study finds

As featured in The Telegraph

Organised Crime


“Across Europe, law enforcement has typically focused on more visible criminal activity – particularly drug trafficking – which is perceived to pose a more immediate threat,” Cathy Haenlein, research fellow for serious and organised crime at RUSI, said. “Meanwhile, the profits to be made can be just as significant as those attached to higher-risk crime. With low production costs, illicit cigarettes are lightweight and easy to transport, yet retain a high sale value and consistent consumer demand.”