September 27, 2022
Budget 2023

Retailers concern over tobacco excise increase ignored in Budget 2023

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has expressed frustration over an excise increase on tobacco which is set to drive further black-market activity as consumers grapple with the soaring cost-of-living.
September 15, 2022
Retailers Against Smuggling Pre-Budget Submission 2023 - Cost-of-living

Retailers warn cost-of-living crisis is not the right time for further excise increases

Widening the gap between price of duty paid tobacco vs what’s available on the black market coupled with cost-of-living is creating unfair competition and financial loss […]
August 31, 2022

Retailers’ welcome seizure of illicit cigarettes and tobacco valued at €5.5million

RAS has welcomed the Revenue seizure of illicit tobacco and cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €5.5 million at Dublin Port.
July 12, 2022
Illicit Cigarettes Seized Co Meath

Retailers’ welcome latest Revenue seizure of 1.5 million illicit cigarettes in Co. Meath

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) welcome the seizure of 1.5 million illicit cigarettes at a premises in Co. Meath. The seizure had an estimated retail value of […]
May 13, 2022
Counterfeit Cigarettes

Rise in counterfeit cigarettes indicates likely operation of illegal factories in Ireland

Counterfeit cigarettes now account for 7% of all illegal packs held by Irish smokers, indicating the likely operation of illegal factories.
December 29, 2021
Tobacco Smuggling 2021

Retailers feel impact of record year for large-scale tobacco smuggling

Increase in large seizures of illicit tobacco and cigarettes points to lucrative black market for organised crime gangs
August 31, 2021
Illegal Cigarette Manufacturing

13.5 tonnes of raw tobacco seized points to large-scale illegal cigarette manufacturing

13.5 tonnes of raw tobacco seized so far this year indicates the likelihood of large-scale illegal cigarette factories operating on the island of Ireland.
July 12, 2021

Excise increases on tobacco will push consumers to growing black market, retailers warn

Attachment orders required to make deterrents to smuggle tobacco more robust Continuous excise increases on tobacco are driving Irish smokers towards a growing black market, fuelling […]
July 4, 2018

Retailers Against Smuggling attend Leinster House briefing to raise awareness of the growing concern surrounding smuggling in Ireland

Wednesday 4 July, Dublin On Wednesday, 4 July, Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) attended a Leinster House briefing hosted by Fianna Fáil Deputy Declan Breathnach to raise […]