On 18 June, the Wall Street Journal reported that a new study produced by KPMG which underlined the changing nature of the problem in the EU and shows the consumption of counterfeit cigarettes continued to grow in the EU. The study says that in 2019, the consumption of illicit cigarettes, contraband, counterfeit, and “illicit whites”, continued to decline in the EU, reaching an all-time low since the study first took place in 2006. In total, 38.9 billion illicit cigarettes were consumed, representing 7.9% of total cigarette consumption, a 0.7 point reduction compared to the previous year.
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