Number of Illegal Cigarettes Smoked in Pakistan in 2012

23.5 Billion illegal cigarettes were smoked in Pakistan in 2012. Illegal tobacco consists of cigarettes that avoided tax payments, were smuggled into the country, or were counterfeits.

Tobacco taxes in Pakistan make up 68.5 to 81 percent of the retail price of a pack of cigarettes.

Source:  Javed Mirza, “Illicit cigarette trade to cost Rs100 billion to exchequer,” The News (Pakistan), March 19, 2013.