Mark Littlewood comments in The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on the story that illegal tobacco tainted by asbestos and rats.

In the article Mark argues that the increase in sales of illegal tobacco is no surprise. When there is just one standardised format, packets become much easier to replicate, as demonstrated in Australia when the introduction of plain packaging led to there being more counterfeit tobacco available than ever before. Not only can illegal tobacco often contain dangerous, unregulated ingredients that cause serious health issues, they also lead to significant losses to the Treasury.

Read the full article here. (££)