Iran Cigarette Production Rises, Imports, Smuggling Decline.
The first quarter of the current fiscal year (March 21-June 2) saw cigarette production rise by 60%, imports fall by 75% and smuggling decline by 48% compared to last year’s corresponding period, the head of Tobacco Planning and Supervision Center said.
“Iran’s 12 cigarette factories produced 11 billion cigarettes in Q1, up 60% year-on-year. Imports of 700 million cigarettes in the three-month period show a 75% decrease over last year’s first quarter,” Ali Asghar Ramzi was also quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.
The official put Q1 smuggled cigarettes into the country at 2.15 billion, 48% fewer than last year’s corresponding period.