Price of a Counterfeit Pack of Cigarettes in Ireland in 2013

According to government officials in Ireland, the average price a legitimate pack of cigarettes sold in retail stores is $12 (€9.20).

Criminal gangs purchase counterfeit packs for as little as $0.26 (€0.20), and then sell the packs on the black market for $5.87 (€4.50).

In 2011, an estimated 770 million illegal cigarettes were smoked in Ireland.

Source: Fiona O’shea, “Black market cigarette trade on the increase,” Independent (Ireland), March 17, 2013.