According to the so-called empty pack study of market research company Nielsen, the share of smuggled Byelorussian cigarettes is increasing in Estonia while the share of illegal Russian cigarettes is falling, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
According to the regular "empty pack study", 20.7% of packages of tobacco products found in Estonia have foreign tax labels and health warnings on them. The majority of the cigarettes that lack Estonian tax labels originate from Byelorussia and Russia.
The share of illegal goods has decreased evenly though in all problematic towns and the pan-Estonian illegal market has decreased by 3.3 percentage points as compared to an identical study in the first half of last year.
Illegal cigarettes are consumed most in Kohtla-Järve (48% of empty packs), Narva (43.5%), Sillamäe (41%), Maardu (40%), Valga (39%) and Jõhvi (38%). The study took place in September and October last year in 14 Estonian towns and cities.