2009 Seizure Figures of Tobacco in Ireland

In 2009, Customs Agents in Ireland seized about 200 million cigarettes attempting to be smuggled into the country.  In previous years, Customs seized 135 million cigarettes in 2008, 74 million in 2007, and 52 million in 2006.

One out of every four cigarettes sold in Ireland is believed to have be sold on the black market as the result of cigarette smuggling.

Source:  Paul Cullen, “Tobacco smuggling ‘now epidemic’,” Irish Times, February 17, 2010.