Fifteen percent of all cigarettes consumed in country are smuggled or counterfeit products, data shows
June 26, 2014
– People consume the seventh highest volume of illegally imported cigarettes in Finland, of the EU Countries. A total of 15% of all cigarettes consumed in the country are smuggled or counterfeit products. The highest volumes of illegal cigarette consumption have been witnessed in Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Illegal cigarettes are mainly manufactured in Belarus, and the majority is manufactured by Grodno Tobacco Company whose products are also sold in Finland. Illegal cigarettes are usually imported to Finland from Russia via Estonia. The report has been carried out for tobacco companies by consultancy firm KPMG.