Covid-19 spurs rise in cigarette smuggling, Japan Tobacco says

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The pandemic has sparked yet another problem, Japan Tobacco International Inc. warns: more illicit trade in cigarettes.

Organized crime rings have set up illegal warehouses and factories across European countries such as Greece, Ireland and Belgium, to be closer to target markets like the U.K., Japan Tobacco executives said in a presentation at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum this week. Decreases in consumers' discretionary income may fuel demand for cheaper cigarettes, according to the maker of Winston and LD cigarettes...

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