Free trade zones fuelling global rise in cheap cigarettes

Editor’s Note: See also The Role of Duty Free Zones in Facilitating the Trade in Illicit Tobacco and Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and From Belize to Montenegro, Free Trade Zones Fuel the Trade in Illicit Tobacco.

From: The National (UAE)

Abu Dhabi summit on the illicit trade hears latest action to combat rise of tobacco smuggling

Nick Webster

One year on from the UAE’s landmark 100 per cent tobacco tax, half the smoking population is believed to have turned to cheaper, illicit cigarettes.

Middle East experts in the black market trade claim half the UAE cigarette industry is now taken up by ‘cheap whites’ or lower quality cigarettes.

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