In Pakistan, the use of tobacco and smoking cigarettes is directly associated with the consumer’s social status, educational background, financial freedom, age, province/region of residence and marital status. Still considered a taboo by many, the smoking prevalence among adult females remained much lower compared with the smoking prevalence among the adult male population at the end of the review period.
The spiking of retail selling prices of locally produced and legally available cigarettes could potentially give rise to more consumers considering illicit/smuggled tobacco. Along with young adults of legal smoking age, they may also be more inclined to turn to vaping, which is perceived to offer a more socially acceptable alternative, with no cigarette smoke odour emanating from users.
In the absence of a clear and uniform enforcement of regulations against illicit trade/smuggled cigarettes, there is little that can support the local manufacturing of the tobacco industry. In particular, due to the exponential rise in the Federal Excise Duty in February 2023.
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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
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