GCC member countries increase illegal cigarette trade

by:WOYU     2020-02-22
Recently, data show that since the Gulf Cooperation Council increased cigarette excise tax last year, the illegal cigarette trade has caused losses of US $ 210 million to member states. The data also shows that the market share of illicit tobacco products in GCC member countries rose from 1.6% in the first half of 2017 to 5.3% in the first half of 2018. Saudi Arabia has the highest sales of illegal cigarettes, accounting for 6.6% of all cigarette sales, and Kuwait has the lowest sales of illegal cigarettes, at 1%. It is reported that Saudi Arabia's illegal cigarette consumption rose from 484 million sticks in 2016 to 571 million sticks in 2017.
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