|Authorities are destroying the smuggled tobacco. — Photo cand.com.vn
QUANG TRI (VNS) — About 150,000 cigarette boxes were set on fire by police in the central Quang Tri Province in an attempt to destroy tobacco seized during smuggling raids.
The products burnt carried international trademarks, such as Jet, of which 95,962 boxes were burnt; Hero (41,328 boxes); and Esse Light (8,320 boxes).
The cigarette boxes were taken into custody during crackdowns on smuggling in the province's towns and districts from August last year till February this year.
A great deal of tobacco produced in other countries is also smuggled into Quang Tri through its border post of Lao Bao.
Viet Nam has banned public smoking, but it has not been strictly enforced yet. Experts said the tax levied on tobacco goods should be higher to reduce demand for cigarettes. — VNS