Business ombudsman says tobacco control regulations reduce tobacco sales by 30-40%

New regulations of tobacco control have resulted reduction in sales of tobacco by 30-40%, Business Ombudsman Irakli Lekvinadze said while presenting the statistics of the first quarter of 2019.

“Tobacco importer and seller companies estimate that their business activities and the sales rate have been decreased by 30-40%, which is mainly shifted to cut ​​tobacco, where sale of tobacco is available without excise taxes on it. Accordingly, the representatives of this sector request to evaluate and review the results of the regulations, " said Lekvinadze.