2015 media releases

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BATA congratulates illegal tobacco crackdown

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today congratulated the Minister Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton for announcing a dedicated Australian Border Force (ABF) strike team to target illegal tobacco.

ABF strike team (73 kb)

Excise hike to cause cheap cig surge

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today warned of the imminent growth in cheap cigarettes as another large 12.5 per cent ad hoc tobacco excise increase takes effect.

The additional tax shock is the third in an annual series of four hikes which slugs smokers who then in turn look for cheaper alternatives. 

Excise hike media release (73 kb)

BATA calls for a world with no illegal tobacco

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today called for more to be done to eradicate the tobacco black market on the eve of World No Tobacco Day.

Due to such high excise levels the amount of illegal tobacco used by Australians represents 14.5 per cent of total consumption, costing the government over $1.35 billion in lost taxes.

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BATA looks to confront chop chop head on

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) is considering launching a Make Your Own (MYO) cigarette brand to try and capture the growing number of illegal chop chop smokers.

Chop chop or illegal loose leaf tobacco currently makes up the majority of the illegal black market and we are being forced to compete with organised crime for market share due to the government’s failed excise system.

media release MYO (215 kb)

Tax loss to government estimated at $1.35 billion

Consumption of illegal tobacco has reached record levels in Australia with a new report revealing increased activity from tobacco smugglers and unscrupulous traders as the cost of legal cigarettes continues to rise.

download media release  (531 kb)

KPMG report FY 2014 (1,161 kb)

The facts: Plain packaging is failing

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today released information sourced from government and respected third party providers which shows that plain packaging is failing.

Download the media release in full here The facts (101 kb)

First counterfeit plain packs hit the streets

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today revealed that one of its well-known brands has been illegally counterfeited in the olive green plain packaging format for the first time and sold in Australia.

Download the media release in full Craven A counterfeit packaging media release (219 kb)

Government key controller of tobacco prices

British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) today responded to television reports in South Australia that tobacco prices would increase from 1 February.

Download the media release in full Government and prices media release (213 kb)