Total Consumption (legal and illicit) was estimated at 80.8 billion cigarettes in 2016. Total Consumption has consistently trended downwards since the beginning of the Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator in 2012, falling by a further 3.6% in 2017.
Illicit Consumption was estimated at 5.3 billion cigarettes in 2017, equivalent to 6.5% of Total Consumption. Illicit Incidence declined by 6.6 percentage points from 2016, driven by a series of successful enforcement actions.
The decline in Domestic Illicit Consumption coincided with the government indictment of Mighty Corporation for tax fraud.
The Tax Loss from Illicit Consumption was estimated at PHP 9.4 billion (USD 186 million) in 2017, falling by 46.3% in comparison with 2016.
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