Surge in counterfeit crime landscape

Pandemic caused surge in counterfeiting crime in the EU, EUIPO-EUROPOL report confirms

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Raids on clandestine cigarette factories in Europe are on the rise

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Raids on clandestine cigarette factories in Europe are on the rise

An organized criminal group involved in the illicit production and distribution of fake cigarettes—destined mainly for the French market—has been dismantled in Slovenia

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Standing up to the black market and safeguarding a smoke-free future

The fight against illicit trade continues unabated in 2022. PMI is working toward stamping out this global problem.

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2022 offers an opportunity to revamp our fight against illicit trade

This includes public-private partnerships, technological innovation as a disruptor of illicit operations, and concrete enforcement against illicit activities.

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Germany becomes the second-largest market for illicit tobacco in Europe

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and social impact of border closures and lockdowns, consumption of illicit cigarettes increased.

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Gang members who sold illegal cigarettes on social media jailed for a total of 18 years

At the trial, the prosecutor pointed out that severe prison sentences were justified, arguing that this was not a petty crime, but in fact the work of a major criminal organization.