Nearly three-quarters (71%) of those surveyed among UK smokers had bought illicit cigarettes in the past year, according to a recent survey. Talking retailer.
This figure has decreased compared to 2019, when the same survey showed that 78% of respondents said they had bought illegal cigarettes.
One of the challenges for the industry is that few consumers have moral reservations about buying illicit goods. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said they had no problem buying cigarettes this way.
A survey of the Cigarette Manufacturers Association (TMA) of 12,000 smokers also found that almost one-fifth (19 percent) of respondents bought their illicit cigarettes from social media sites.
“There is good news in this year’s survey, as more people have reported illicit tobacco when they became aware of it, which is a big increase of up to 32% compared to 17% in 2017, a decline in the number of illegal tobacco buyers. in the region. “Great Britain, except London,” said Rupert Lewis, director of TMA.
“However, the findings of 2021 underscore the continuing prevalence of illicit tobacco, as well as the widespread perception among many consumers that it is ‘acceptable’ to trade or buy illegally.
Survey. Smokers are happy to buy illegal cigarettes
Source Survey. Smokers are happy to buy illegal cigarettes