Singapore is No. 4 for illicit tobacco use; 1 in 4 cigarettes here illegal
Republic is No. 4 in Asia for illicit tobacco use, regional study shows
One in four cigarettes smoked in Singapore last year was illegal, costing the Government millions of dollars in lost taxes and fuelling organised crime.
The Republic had the fourth-highest rate of illicit tobacco use in Asia, a regional study has shown.
Smokers here consumed 900 million contraband cigarettes, depriving the state of around $347 million in tax revenue.
Meanwhile, Interpol has warned that the illegal tobacco trade allows criminal gangs to flourish and could be used to fund terrorism.
- 66 billion illegal cigarettes were sold across the region last year. The problem cost the 11 governments in the study a staggering US$3.4 billion (S$4.3 billion) in lost taxes.
- Brunei had the most serious problem with almost all tobacco 'substituted with illegal products'. Hong Kong came next, followed by Malaysia and Singapore.