Despite the reduction in import quotas, the volume of cigarette sales is predicted to decline in Norway. The combination of restricted smoking in public places, a prevailing social stigma against smoking, and growing health concerns among Norwegians have contributed to a decrease in cigarette consumption.
In 2023, Norwegian policymakers are set to develop a new tobacco strategy that will address the concept of harm reduction in tobacco products and discuss the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in Norway. The introduction of new regulations, restrictions, and product innovations is expected in the Norwegian market.
Norway faces the ongoing challenge of balancing tax increases on cigarettes with the escalating issue of cross-border trade, particularly with neighbouring Sweden, where cigarettes are significantly cheaper. Already possessing one of the highest excise taxes on cigarettes in Europe, Norway is likely to implement further regulations to address and curb cigarette imports.
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RETAIL SALES OF DUTY PAID CIGARETTES The definition of cigarettes for the purposes of this study is duty-paid, machine manufactured white-stick products. This does not exclude brands of cigarettes that do not use white paper but it is designed to exclude the volume of non-machine manufactured products such as bidis/beedis (India) and papirosy (Russia), and other smoking products made with tobacco but that either do not resemble cigarettes as recognised in the US or Europe, or those that are not machine manufactured. The exclusion of these products is intended to give a more accurate picture of the "true" market for cigarettes and cigars which has been distorted in official statistics and published reports because of the inclusion of hybrid products. NB Please note that due to its central importance and integration into the industry mainstream, Indonesia’s market data does include hand-rolled kreteks DUTY-FREE sales are excluded from retail sales, as are herbal cigarettes. ILLICIT TRADE CIGARETTES Not included in retail sales, but split out separately in volume terms only. Defined as non-duty paid cigarettes (includes smuggled & counterfeit/fake products combined). Legitimate cross-border sales are considered duty-paid. Sales arising from a foreign national purchasing cheaper cigarettes in bulk in a neighbouring country for personal use and exported back are attributed to the country where the purchase is made (e.g. bulk cigarette sales by British nationals in France are attributed to France).See All of Our Definitions
This report originates from Passport, our Cigarettes research and analysis database.
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