Supply and distribution /
Retailer licensing

We support penalties for retailers who sell tobacco products to children and for criminals who trade in smuggled or counterfeit products.

We do not believe that the introduction of retailer licensing will prevent illegal sales. Combating illegal sales is already being addressed through the co-operation of the tobacco industry and national authorities, without unnecessarily bureaucratic and costly retailer licensing.

Retailer licensing does little to reduce youth smoking or illicit trade. Counterfeit and smuggled products are rarely sold through the legitimate distribution chain.