Economy, Domestic Economy

Iran Announces Contraband Cigarette Brands

Contraband Cigarette Brands AnnouncedContraband Cigarette Brands Announced

The Center for Tobacco Planning and Supervision has listed the names of contraband cigarette brands in the Iranian market.

Chairman of the center, Asghar Ramzi, said Marlboro, Royal Five, Royal, Mikado, KINGDOM, Sir, Walden, MIAMI, SX, Bon, Faros, Affair, Senator, Lamborghini, MURAD, D&G, Emerald and MAC failed to secure import or production permits in Iran, IRNA reported.

According to the official, the number of cigarettes smuggled into Iran decreased by 30% from 8.6 billion cigarettes two years ago to reach 6 billion last year (ended March 20, 2017).

According to the Health Ministry, Iranians smoke about 55 billion cigarettes annually. The government aims to call a complete halt to cigarette imports and meet domestic demand through local production.

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