Cigarette Tax Loss in the Philippines

Cigarette smuggling in the Philippines losses up to $616 Million (29 Billion Philippine Pesos) a year.

70 percent of all cigarettes sold in the Philippines are sold as “sticks,” which are cigarettes sold as individual units as opposed to packs.


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  1. Source: Chay Florentino Hoflena, “Philippines haven for cigarette smugglers,” ABS-CBN News, May 26, 2009.

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