The factbook on the illicit trade in tobacco products 3 – Ireland
This report is part of the project ‘The Factbook on the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products’ (henceforth ITTP). The project has been developed by Transcrime after the Round Table on Proofing EU Regulation against the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products hosted by Università Cattolica of Milan in May 2011, and is directed by Ernesto U. Savona. The aim of the Factbook is to shed light on the complex mechanisms behind the ITTP in different countries. This report, written by Francesco Calderoni, Martina Rotondi and Serena Favarin, focuses on Ireland. Given the close geographical, social, economic and cultural connections, it also focuses, where appropriate, on Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. The excerpt contains a part of the introduction and chapter two on the components of the ITTP: demand, products, supply, modus operandi and geographical distribution.