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Most Lithuanians believe tobacco bans proposed by EU would encourage smuggling

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Absolute majority, or 90 percent, of Lithuanians believe that various tobacco bans considered by the European Union (EU), such as a ban on menthol or slim cigarettes, or warnings on cigarette packs, will not reduce the number of smokers and will only increase the scale of smuggling, the latest survey commissioned by the initiative "Lithuania without Shadow" has shown.

“The respondents believed that the measures proposed would increase smuggling instead of reducing the number of smokers,” Kęstutis Kupšys, the head of the initiative, said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Around 90 percent of the polled believed that people would continue buying cigarettes on the black market, he said. More than half, or 51 percent, of the polled said that the focus should be on youth education instead of bans. Around 84 percent agreed that smuggled tobacco was easily accessible for minors.

Market researcher GfK Custom Research Baltic phone-polled 1,000 people aged over 18 years in August.

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