Cigarette consumption jumps 4.2%

Cigarette consumption jumps 4.2%

Domestic consumption of cigarettes in 2011-12 increased to 1,16,166 mn sticks.

Domestic consumption of cigarettes in 2011-12 increased by 4.19 per cent to 1,16,166 million sticks over the previous year,Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia has said.

According to the available data,domestic consumption (total number of units sold) of cigarettes in 2010-11 was 1,11,487 million sticks as compared to 1,11,860 million sticks in 2009-10,Scindia said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

“However,the domestic consumption of cigarettes during 2011-12 was 1,16,166 million sticks showing an increase of 4.19 per cent as compared to the previous year,” he said.

Manufactures of cigarettes and cigars using tobacco are subject to compulsory industrial licensing,he said,adding “however,no industrial licence has been granted for manufacture of cigarettes since 1999,on ground of health”.