Full report downloadable from here and executive summary here.
The general public also opposed the proposals presented last year in the consultation to the Revision of Tobacco Products Directive 2001.
Several bloggers yesterday noted the levels of public funding going to promote plain packaging in the south-west region: Dick Puddlecote, Simon Clark, Patsy Nurse and Anna Raccoon for starters – and of course the Hands off our Packs campaign.
The conclusions of Transcrime were summarised in the Executive Summary as follows:
There is no reliable information which which to assess the introduction of maximum limits on ingredients. The crime risks may vary from marginal to extremely significant depending on the extent and type of the limitations imposed. No [extended crime risk assessment] is currently possible.
There is a high risk that generic packaging may favour the increased counterfeiting of tobacco products.
There is a medium risk that the implementation of the 'polluter pays' principle may cause the [illicit trade in tobacco products] to grow as a consequence of significant increases in the prices of tobacco products.
There is a high risk that banning the display of products at points of sale may increase the [illicit trade in tobacco products] to grow because of difficulties in identifying legitimate products and retailers.I think that's fairly clear.