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Contraband cigarette sales in Brazil in 2017 reached 48% of the market, the highest index ever recorded. This percentage shows how much the illegal product in the country has grown: in2015 it was 30% and last year it was 45%. The data is part of a survey by the Forum against Piracy and Illegality (FNCP).

According to Edson Vismona, president of the Forum and the Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics (ETCO), with the smuggling of cigarettes alone, didn’t collect about R$6 billion (US$1.9 billion) in taxes.

The survey indicates the origin of most of the products is Paraguay. The best-selling cigarette brand in Brazil is Eight, produced by Tabacalera del Este, a company owned by Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes.

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