For months now, tobacconists have seen the black market grab their customers a little more every day. This time it's the famous hookah tobacco that is debating! In fact, 95% of smoked shisha tobacco in France is bought outside the legal market.
95% of the smoked tobacco in France is bought outside the legal market. This is what claims Bernard Gasq, head of the union chamber of the tobacconists of Île-de-France and Oise, in Le Parisien. He estimates the loss at nearly 5 billion euros in taxes for the state and steps up to ask the authorities to act. According to our colleagues, a one kilo jar of this tobacco bought for 10 euros is then sold between 60 and 90 euros on the black market. This product can be found directly on the Internet and customers can have it delivered to their home by contacting Facebook or Snapchat.
A tariff which has nothing to do with that announced by the owner of a bar-tabac in the 13e Paris district, where the 50 grams sell for 11,50 euros. “Anyway, nobody buys me”, He sweeps. “I continue to present this product in my tobacco, but it sometimes takes me 6 or 7 months to sell twenty cartridges”Admits Bernard Gasq. “With our prices twice as expensive as black, because they include taxes, nobody comes to buy from us. I am angry because it is a scandal and nothing is done to stop it.".
While many shisha consumers are said to be minors, the Professor Bertrand Dautzenberg recalls the harmfulness of this practice: “A single puff of hookah contains as many smoke particles as a whole cigarette, and 40 puffs of hookah therefore provide as much carbon monoxide as two packs of cigarettes. There's a lot less nicotine, so it's less addictive, but just as toxic.".
source : The Point