Total Consumption (legal and illicit) was estimated at 19.1 billion cigarettes in 2017, rising by 4.3% in comparison with 2016. Total Consumption has now risen for two consecutive years in Malaysia.
This is despite a continued decline in Legal Domestic Sales, which has trended downwards since the beginning of the Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator research programme in 2012.
The total volume of illicit cigarettes consumed rose to 10.6 billion in 2017, representing a 10.7% increase in comparison to 2016. This was primarily underpinned by rising Contraband whites.
The estimated Tax Loss associated with Illicit Consumption was MYR 4.7 billion in 2017.
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