Case Studies in Illicit Tobacco Trade: United Kingdom

This Case Study was written by Evan Blecher, PhD, Senior Economist, Health Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. The Case Study presents the successful efforts of the UK government in the past two decades to reduce illicit trade in tobacco while at the same time repeatedly raising taxes on tobacco products. Drawing from the country’s tobacco action plans, the Case Study highlights the principle that illicit trade is an enforcement issue, rather than a result of high tobacco prices.