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Cigarette Smuggling Down 43%

Cigarette Smuggling Down 43% Cigarette Smuggling Down 43%

The Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade estimates that 8.16 billion cigarettes were smuggled into Iran during the eight months ending Nov. 21, indicating a 43% decline compared with last year’s similar period. 
Cigarette exports registered a 47.9% decline to stand at 78.1 million during the period, whereas tobacco exports increased by 283.2% to reach 1,513 tons, Fars News Agency reported. 
Treasury payments of tobacco companies reached 1.13 trillion rials ($8.62 million) in the eight-month period, showing an 81.9% rise year-on-year.

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