28th November 2013 - Responding to the Government's decision to launch a review of the evidence on plain packaging, Debbie Corris, a Whitstable shopkeeper and the National Spokeswoman for the TRA commented:
“The government has just carried out a very lengthy consultation on plain packaging which generated the largest ever response to a public consultation. 64% of the 665,989 respondents, which including thousands of retailers like me, opposed it. Plain packaging will make it even easier for criminals to produce fake packs and ironically increase the availability of illicit tobacco to children, as illicit sellers don’t ask for I.D. Plain packaging will seriously damage businesses like mine and will increase the amount of money that is already lost to the Treasury from illicit tobacco – about £8million per day. The display ban hasn’t even come in yet. How much regulation does the government think small businesses can take?”
8th October, 2013 - The Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance (TRA) has expressed disappointment that the European Parliament has voted to ban cigarette packs which contain fewer than 20 cigarettes.