After declining sharply in 2016, Illicit Consumption rose by 141.1% in 2017.
However, Illicit Consumption remained below the peak level experienced in 2015, when the level of Illicit Incidence was estimated at 6.8%.
Increased consumption of Unspecified Market Variant products—cigarettes that do not bear specific labeling to allow for identification of the intended market of final retail—underpinned the rise in Illicit Consumption in 2017.
Legal Domestic Consumption rose by an estimated 12.9% in 2017, underpinned by a large fall in estimated Outflows to other markets in the Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator. Legal Domestic Sales rose by a more modest 3.3% in comparison with 2016.
The Tax Loss associated with Illicit Consumption rose to KRH 13.2 billion (USD 3.3 million) in 2017, the highest level recorded since the Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator research programme first included Cambodia in 2013.
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