Share of contraband cigarettes down slightly in Lithuania – survey

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The contraband cigarettes market in Lithuania has shrunk this year, standing at 17.7 percent, and the state budget lost around 50 million euros because of that last year, a new survey shows.

Commissioned by the National Association of Tobacco Producers, Nielsen carried out the survey of empty packs in 20 Lithuanian cities on April 5-12. It showed the contraband cigarettes market has shrunk 1.9 percentage points to 17.7 percent this year.

The survey also showed 84 percent of contraband cigarettes in Lithuania come from Belarus.

Source: BNS
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