The fact that the excise was not raised did not stop the decrease in legal sales. As a result, there is less income in the budget.
– In the coming months, further decreases in legal cigarette sales are possible. Budgetary income can also be lower, for the second year running. Consumers’ pockets are already very much drained, but the increase in their purchasing power is not rapid enough for them to stop buying illegal products. The current situation is caused by the dynamic increase in excise rates in the years before. Increases should be suspended for a longer time, the sale system should be plugged, while the penalties for smuggling and illegal production should be harsher and ruthlessly executed – states Grzegorz Byszewski, expert of Employers of Poland.