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Tobacco Smuggling on the Increase

Published tisdag 9 februari 2010 kl 13.40

A new report shows that even if Swedes are smoking less, cigarette smuggling is on the rise.

Research conducted by The Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) (Interdisciplinary research centre, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stockholm) reports a 200 percent sales increase of smuggled cigarettes between 2007 and 2008, writes TT news agency Tuesday.

The amount of cigarettes smuggled in to Sweden is now estimated to be greater than those purchased abroad. However, approximately seven billion cigarettes were consumed in 2008, a distinct reduction from figures compiled in 2007.

Despite the apparent decrease in smoking, the report illustrates an increase in unregistered attachments of snuff being transported in to Sweden. The Swedish population of nine million is consuming more snuff than ever. Snuff is mainly purchased on the net, bought overseas from neighbouring countries such as Finland or illegally smuggled in, writes TT news agency.

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