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AUSTRALIA

Tobacco smugglers face criminal charges

11 Oct 2012. Tobacco smugglers will face criminal charges and penalties up to 10 years imprisonment under changes to the customs law approved by the Senate, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Attorney General Nicola Roxon issued a statement saying criminalization was necessary because current penalties for smuggling tobacco products are low and illegal tobacco poses significant health risks, the AAP reported. (pi)