In a press release, Rhys Campbell, head of corporate and regulatory affairs for the Caribbean, says the reality is that people will continue to smoke but instead of buying legally-taxed cigarettes, made by legitimate tobacco companies, they will turn to black market sources to get what they want.
Added Campbell: “The tobacco industry is highly regulated, sells a legal product and we have a legitimate business. We conduct our business in a professional and responsible way, abiding by the laws in all the countries in which we operate, often going above and beyond legal obligations. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the sophisticated network of criminals, ready and waiting to step in and take over if the legitimate tobacco industry did not exist.”
British American Tobacco, said Campbell, makes a long-term commitment to sustainability, strives to bring reduced harm products to market, continues to fight the illegal tobacco trade, generates excise revenue and provides employment and enhanced livelihoods to hundreds of thousands of employees and suppliers worldwide.
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