RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tobacco smuggling is a palpable reality in the streets and stores of Ecuador, one of the countries with the highest prices per pack in the region. Still, the debate about its real impact on the market involves the tobacco industry's interest in lower taxation.
Various reports fail to reach a unanimous conclusion on the extent of the phenomenon, compounded by conflicting interests and poor implementation of effective tax and health legislation.
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One report states . . .