Belarusians don’t smoke as much as the map shows. A lot people from Ukraine and Poland come to Belarus to buy and smuggle cigarettes in the west through Belarusian-Polish border. Or from Belarus to Ukraine further into Slovakia, Poland, Hungary. When I say a lot of cigarettes produced in Belarus end up in neighboring countries I mean a lot. We are speaking trucks or even trains loaded with cigarrettes smuggled in the EU. I’ve read people smuggle cigarettes into Latvia and Lithuania via rivers. All these cigarettes unaccounted by customs are counted as consumed by Belarusians. Why Belarusian made cigarettes ? They are quite cheap of a decent quality.


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