Dutch smokers down yet more cigarettes sold
Sale of tobacco and cigarettes are going up even though number of Dutch smokers keeps dropping.25 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Even though the number of Dutch smokers keeps dropping, sales of tobacco and cigarettes are going up.
At present, around 3.7 million people smoke tobacco - more than a quarter of the population - but data from Netherlands Statistics shows an annual average of 100,000 people who stopped smoking since 2000.
The increase in sales is probably caused by high prices in neighbouring countries. Many Belgians and Germans living in the border regions buy their cigarettes and tobacco in the Netherlands.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]