Percentage of smuggled cigarettes on the rise here. Photo: Norska tullen

Cigarette smuggling on the rise

Cigarette smuggling has increased by 25 percent, according to a new report from HUI Research.

"We are losing nearly $300 million in tax revenues, and a more serious consequence is that access increases for young people," says Johan Amberg, at HUI, to Swedish Television.

The percentage and number of untaxed cigarettes has been dropping for years, but the trend has apparently been broken. This year, 14.5 percent of all cigarettes in the country are expected to be untaxed, that is up from 11.6 percent last year.

Legal tax-free cigarettes make up a small percentage of the total, but mostly it is illegally smuggled tobacco that accounts for the rise.

HUI analyzed 10,000 cigarette packages in the study.

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