Five-year high in number of people caught for buying duty-unpaid cigarettes

Smokers of duty-unpaid cigarettes at the Singapore Customs’ command post at Tampines Central waiting for their case to be processed.
Smokers of duty-unpaid cigarettes at the Singapore Customs’ command post at Tampines Central waiting for their case to be processed.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - The number of people caught for buying duty-unpaid cigarettes in Singapore hit a five-year high last year, while continuing a rise for the second year running.

Latest figures from the Singapore Customs showed 6,115 people were caught for buying illegal smokes last year, an almost 5 per cent increase from the 5,846 caught in 2017.

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