Bangladesh made second highest,83.5b, cigarette selling last year...

Dhaka, Saturday   31 October 2020

Bangladesh made second highest,83.5b, cigarette selling last year

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:38 AM, 28 September 2020   Updated: 01:39 AM, 28 September 2020

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Around 83.5 billion or 8350 crore cigarette sticks were sold in Bangladesh last year while nearly 97% of that to retail customers and the rest illegally, according to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World's study "Tobacco Transformation Index 2020," releasing this week.  

The organization conducted the survey using Euromonitor International Passport's Tobacco database of 36 countries, accounted for approximately 85% of global sales and consumption of tobacco products. 

With a total of 64.1 billion as well as 36.4 billion cigarette sticks selling Brazil and Russia register their names third and fourth in the ranking respectively. 
The list also includes India and Pakistan. In 2019, cigarettes were sold in Pakistan at Rs 2,835 crore and in India at Rs 2,600 crore. The sales of cigarettes in the market of Bangladesh from these two countries are 3 times more.

India and Pakistan were also included in the study. However, Bangladeshi consumers bought nearly three times more cigarettes from retailers in 2019 comparing to India and Pakistan as only 28.35 billion sold at retail in Pakistan and 28 billion in India.