More cancer can be expected

Alan Heath
16-07-2001, 00:00

More cancer can be expected

In the first half of this year just under 35.1bn sticks of cigarettes were sold marking an increase in legal sales of 0.7 percent when compared to last year. This suggests that around 70bn sticks will be sold as opposed to 60 — 65bn that was originally forecast following more sales than expected in the spring. Budget inflows on excise duty increased by 6.4 percent in the same period due to tax hikes. Nonetheless the sector believes that smuggling across the eastern border, where taxation is much less severe, remains a serious problem.

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