Labuan feels the impact of taxed cigarettes | Daily Express Online

LABUAN: Empty cigarette shelves in cafes and grocery stores are becoming commonplace here, reflecting the impact of the revocation of duty-free tobacco in Labuan, which came into effect mid-last year.

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Cafe owner Ah Khoon said he was no longer interested in retailing cigarettes because sales were slow due to fewer buyers, low profit margin and that he had to pay cash to the supplier on delivery. The shelves were once filled with an array of cigarette brands such as Dunhill, Marlboro and Winston, and what remains are the price tags of the cigarettes according to brand.

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