Foreigners blamed for skewing Spanish tobacco consumption statistics

31st July 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 July 2007 , MADRID - Tobacco consumption by Spaniards has actually fallen 10 per cent since a new law aimed at curbing smoking went into effect 18 months ago because 40 per cent of tobacco sold in the country is purchased by foreigners, an anti-smoking group said on Tuesday.

31 July 2007

MADRID - Tobacco consumption by Spaniards has actually fallen 10 per cent since a new law aimed at curbing smoking went into effect 18 months ago because 40 per cent of tobacco sold in the country is purchased by foreigners, an anti-smoking group said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the National Council for the Prevention of Tobacco Addiction (CNPT) claimed that figures released by the government which show that the new law has not significantly curbed consumption are not correct because foreigners were taking up the slack.

According to a CNPT study, of the 4.2 billion packs of cigarettes sold last year, Spaniards smoked 2.5 million packs, while foreigners puffed up the remaining 1.6 million.

The group’s study found that 30 per cent of the 55 million foreign tourists who visit Spain each year buy or consume an average of eight cartons of cigarettes each, either to enjoy on their holiday or to take back home.

Spanish cigarette prices are significantly lower than those in most other European countries so visitors take advantage of the price difference to stock up, the council said, and those sales skew the statistics on tobacco consumption in Spain.

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Subject: Spanish News

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