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Cigarette Sales Decrease in Iceland, Snuff on the Up

The sale of cigarettes has decreased significantly this year compared to 2009. According to the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR), sales dropped by almost 13 percent in the first nine months.


Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

However, at the same time the sale of snuff and chewing tobacco has increased by 9.2 percent—at the end of September almost 18.8 tons of snuff and chewing tobacco had been sold in Iceland, Morgunbladid reports.

Meanwhile, the sale of alcohol is down by 5.6 percent. The sale of lager, which is the staple of ÁTVR’s sales, has dropped by 5.6 percent and the sale of red wine by 3.7 percent. Approximately the same amount of white wine is being sold as last year.

However, there is a collapse in the sale of unflavored burnt liquors and vodka, down by 20.9 percent, and of mixed alcoholic beverages, down by 29.6 percent.

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