The economic crisis has forced many smokers to abandon imported global cigarette brands as prices have risen steeply, with local brand Cedars the big winner. Low awareness of the harms of smoking mean that few smokers have chosen to cut down or quit as smoking has become more expensive.
Demand for cigarettes and other tobacco products continued to increase during 2020 and 2021 despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influence of the deep and seemingly intractable economic crisis that has plagued Lebanon for several years now. Among the most important factors to consider is that the vast majority of Lebanese households are struggling to survive on disposable incomes that are as low as 10% of their pre-economic crisis income levels, the result of the depreciation of the exchange value of the Lebanese pound and exchange rate anomalies.
Smoking prevalence remains high in Lebanon and it is believed that more than half of the adult population smoke cigarettes, while more than a quarter are regular shisha smokers. Furthermore, it is believed that one in 20 smoke cigars.
The slow-motion collapse of Lebanon’s economy continued throughout 2020 and 2021, with the deteriorating situation leading to widespread civil unrest as shortages of essential products and medication, among many other pressing issues, caused outrage among the population. The collapsing exchange value of the Lebanese pound and ongoing exchange rate anomalies are the primary sources of concern for most Lebanese people.
Lebanon’s deeply rooted infrastructure issues have been further exacerbated by the impact of the economic crisis. Power cuts which were already a common occurrence have evolved into total blackouts that can last for days, weeks and even months: at the time of writing, Lebanon had not had a reliable electricity supply since July 2021.
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