Tag: illegal cigarettes
JTI Malaysia says there has been an increase in the consumption of illegal tobacco and nicotine products.
Five local suspects were also arrested in yesterday's sting operation.
Police say smugglers are now using land routes to evade arrest.
Mini-cigars using the brand of a prominent tobacco company are being openly sold without tax stamps or pictorial health warnings.
Rozman Isli says the island's duty-free status is what draws people to it.
The government is urged to consider other ways of discouraging smoking.
With 57% of cigarettes sold being illegal, tobacco companies blame 40% hike in excise duty in November 2015 for pricing legal cigarettes out of smokers' reach.
Study by Merdeka Center reveals most Malaysians believe proposed law makes it easier for fake or smuggled cigarettes, which are cheaper, to be sold on blackmarket.