Number of Illegal Cigarettes Sold in the EU

A survey conducted by KPMG found that an estimated 65.5 billion illegal cigarettes are sold in the European Union each year. EU member states lose an estimated $16.3 Billion (€12.5 Billion) in total tax revenue due to the illicit trade.

In Germany, one in five cigarettes smoked does not get taxed.

Source:  “German tobacco sales decrease as smuggling is up,” Deutsche Welle, April 22, 2013.