Cigarette sales drop 8% to the lowest figure in 30 years

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Sales of tobacco products fell by 7% in 2020, which represents 800 million euros less turnover, according to data from the Tobacco Board. 77% of the sale price to the public of these products is tax burden, taxes. Due, tax collection has fallen by 627 million euros, according to the data provided this Thursday.

In the case of cigarette sales, which account for 84% of all tobacco products, fell 8%, up to 2,000 million packs. It is “the lowest figure since there is a record,” since 1989.

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The tobacconists were always an essential activity, which has made it possible to “guarantee supply and prevent smuggling”, but restrictive andAbove all, the collapse of tourism has caused this historical decline, According to Ãgueda Garcia-Agullo, president of the Tobacco Board.

In the areas linked to tourism, the drop in sales has been 40%, and in places like the Balearic Islands, for example, it has reached 60%.

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Restrictive measures “must be exceptional, due to the high impact on the fundamental rights of citizens. They can be understood in an exceptional way,” Garcia-Agullo pointed out.

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