MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Effectiveness and situation of first phase of territory-wide large-scale anti-illicit cigarette enforcement operation “Tempest” by Hong Kong Customs (with photo)

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Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

     Hong Kong Customs mounted a territory-wide large-scale special operation codenamed “Tempest” in mid-February to step up enforcement in combating illicit cigarette activities on all fronts at each control point and all districts across the territory in Hong Kong. In the first phase of the operation (as of February 28), Customs detected a total of 560 related cases and seized about 16 million suspected illicit cigarettes, about 1 760 grams of cigars, and about 400g of manufactured tobacco products with a total estimated market value of about $62 million and a duty potential of about $43 million. During the operation, Customs arrested 538 persons aged between 18 and 83, and detained three vehicles suspected to be used for illicit cigarette distribution. Furthermore, Customs has collaborated with the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office of the Department of Health to crack down on the distribution of illicit cigarette promotion leaflets in public housing estates and the sale of illicit cigarettes through telephone orders.

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