As of July 2013, an estimated 800,000 cigarettes were being smuggled into the black market of Costa Rica each day, according to the tobacco industry in the country. The rate of cigarette smuggling was 19 percent higher than the previous year.
In 2008-2009, the smuggling rate for tobacco in Costa Rica was 20 percent of all tobacco consumed in the country. In 2013, the smuggling rate was up to 80 percent.
Source: Jaime Lopez, “Cigarette Smuggling in Costa Rica on the Rise,” Costa Rica Star, July 5, 2013.