Mar 282016

consumer of illicit cigarettes

There has been a sharp rise in the number of illicit trade in cigarettes in India making it the fifth largest consumer of this tobacco product in the world resulting in revenue loss of more than Rs 9000 crore to the government.

At present, 22 billion cigarettes sold in the country are illicit which constitutes more than 21 per cent of legal cigarettes sale market in the country.

According to official statistics, there has been sudden increase in the value of seized illicit cigarettes under Customs Act which increased from Rs 20.11 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 89.38 crore during 2014-15.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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