2014 media releases

 

1 December 2014

Industry consultation a must during plain pack review 

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today called for an open consultation during the Post-Implementation Review (PIR) of plain packaging which is expected to begin on 1 December 2014.

PIR (217 kb)

28 November 2014

Report questions effectiveness of plain packaging

British American Tobacco (BAT) today released a report by Ernst & Young (EY) that assesses the impact of government policy on tobacco consumption over the last decade.

EY media release (219 kb)

EY report (746 kb)

 

27 November 2014

Youth smoking rates soar two years post plain packs

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today revealed there has been a spike in national and state based smoking rates in young people since the introduction of plain packaging according to government statistics.

youth smoking (218 kb)
 

25 November 2014 

Latest report into Australia's illegal tobacco problem

Read the latest report produced by KPMG about Australia's illegal tobacco problem

Illegal tobacco problem report

 

30 October 2014

BAT forced to close Australian factory

British American Tobacco (BAT) today said that it will be closing its Australian manufacturing facility and move offshore in the third quarter of next year.

BAT forced to close Australian factory (89 kb)

17 July 2014

Smoking rates underestimated

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today says a government survey has underestimated Australian smoking rates and its decline is in line with historical trends and not a result of plain packaging.

Smoking rates underestimated (132 kb)

15 July 2014

Enforcement pays off

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today congratulated authorities for using the increased penalties under an amendment to the Customs Act 1901, made in 2012, to prosecute two illegal tobacco importers for smuggling over 1.4 million cigarettes from Korea in June 2013.

Enforement pays off (93 kb)

18 June 2014

BATA states the facts

The Federal Government’s tobacco excise policy combined with the failed plain packaging legislation is resulting in more smokers purchasing cigarettes from the lower priced segment than ever. Today there are 1.4 million smokers purchasing legal cigarettes between $13 and $15.

BATA states the facts (218 kb)

Low price cigarettes at an all-time high

Federal Government policy resulting in large tobacco excise increases is driving demand for low price cigarettes which is having the opposite effect that it was intended to have.

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) was this week forced to launch the cheapest legal pack of 25 cigarettes on the market in an effort to remain competitive in the growing low price segment.

Low price cigarettes at an all time high

5 May 2014

Massive chop chop crop stop

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today congratulated authorities on seizing 350,000 illegal tobacco plants in Victoria over the weekend.
The seizure is the largest of its kind and highlights the growing illegal tobacco problem Australia is facing due to growing excise levels.

Massive chop chop crop stopped (214 kb)

12 April 2014

Illegal tobacco jumps 20 per cent in the last year

The total consumption of illegal cigarettes and chop chop climbed to its highest ever rate according to a report released today by the industry. The report is prepared by KPMG UK and also shows that the use of illegal cigarettes grew 151 per cent in the last year alone.

Illegal tobacco report FY 2013 (328 kb)

KPMG report FY 2013 (2,383 kb)

4 April 2014

Industry volumes up, illegal tobacco up, while the number of people quitting halves

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today made it very clear that all data available since the introduction of plain packaging demonstrates that the policy has failed and is having the opposite effect to what the previous government intended.

plain packaging failed (48 kb)

25 March 2014

Local retailer could face $100,000 in fine over illegal tobacco

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today congratulated the Ararat City Council for prosecuting a tobacco retailer with stocking more than $10,000 worth of illegal tobacco which could lead to fines of over $100,000.

Media_release (215 kb)

Tougher illegal tobacco laws welcomed

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) spokesperson Scott McIntyre today congratulated the
Victorian Government on quadrupling fines for retailers caught with illegal tobacco and strongly
urged other states to follow their lead.

Media release (123 kb)

14 January 2014

No impact on tobacco volumes since plain packs introduced

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) spokesperson Scott McIntyre said today that people making telephone calls and people quitting smoking were two different things.

Media release (214 kb)
 

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