Tobacco sales drop linked to il­le­gal trade spike

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A bid by the gov­ern­ment to crack down on the il­le­gal trade of loose-leaf tobacco and con­tra­band cig­a­rettes has high­lighted that while tobacco sales have dropped by 46 per­cent from 2009 to 2014, ac­tual con­sump­tion has re­mained more or less sta­ble, de­spite the im­po­si­tion of anti-smok­ing reg­u­la­tions.

The de­crease in sales is be­ing at­trib­uted to the sharp spike in the il­le­gal tobacco trade, with some es­ti­mates putting one in three cig­a­rettes be­ing smoked in Athens as com­ing from il­le­gal sources.

Two fac­tors are seen as key, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, to the seven-fold in­crease of il­le­gal tobacco use from 2009 to 2014, lead­ing of which is a suc­ces­sion of tax hikes.

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