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Apr 8, 2021
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Will cigarettes rise in price after the minimum price is introduced?

– The single minimum price is set at 108 rubles. for a pack of 20 cigarettes. It means that products sold at a lower price entered the trade without paying all taxes and fees. And the price of cigarettes that were sold and are being sold legally, this measure will not increase, – says Baysolt Khamzatov, First Vice-President of the International Association “Anti-Counterfeiting”… – According to the agency “Business Analytica”, in 2020 the share of illegal sales in the Russian tobacco market amounted to 10.3%. Most of the counterfeit goods come from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, where cigarettes are much cheaper than in Russia. There is especially a lot of illegal tobacco in the border regions: in Rostov-on-Don – 25.1%, Chelyabinsk – 19.3%, Novosibirsk – 18.7%.

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