Portion of Smuggled Packs Sold in Bulgaria in 2012

The Bulgarian Customs Agency reported that the 15 percent of all cigarettes sold in Bulgaria in 2012 were sold on the black market as smuggled cigarettes. The number of cigarettes sold in the country that avoided taxes was down from 30 percent in 2010.

44 percent of the Bulgaria’s 7.4 million population smoke cigarettes.

Source:  AFP, “Contraband cigarettes smuggled in coffins in Bulgaria,” Google News, November 13, 2012.