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Illicit tobacco in Australia 2016

Illicit tobacco in Australia 2016

This report provides an overview of the nature and dynamics of the legal and illicit tobacco markets and an independent assessment of the size of the illicit tobacco market in Australia.


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Key Highlights

  • The total volume of tobacco consumption in Australia in the full year 2016 was 16.6 million kg. Compared to 2015, the total volume decreased by 4.9%, as a rise in loose tobacco was offset by a fall in manufactured cigarettes.
  • 13.9% of total consumption (or 2.3 million kg) was estimated to be illicit, which declined from 14.1% in 2015.
  • Over the last twelve months, while the consumption of both unbranded tobacco and counterfeit have increased slightly, it has declined for contraband tobacco.

Read the full Illicit tobacco in Australia report. (2 hour read)

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