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Germany faces cigarette deficit – media – RT Business News

A shortage of cigarette wrapping paper could affect smokers in Germany, with some brands nearly impossible to find in retail stores, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper, one of the causes of the problem was the closure of a Philip Morris factory for the production of cigarette packs in Ukraine. The tobacco giant had previously suspended operations in the country, including at its factory in Kharkov, where until recently a considerable amount of paper for cigarette packs was produced. The company owns popular cigarette brands such as Marlboro and L&M.

“Due to the tense situation in the global raw material markets and the shortage of cardboard packaging, there may indeed be a shortage [of cigarette packs]”, a spokesman for Philip Morris told the newspaper. “We are constantly adjusting our supply chains”, he added.

According to German wholesalers surveyed by Bild, the shortfall is particularly acute with varieties of Marlboro cigarettes such as Red and Gold. This should be more difficult for smokers who prefer to buy cigarettes from vending machines, where the Marlboro brand is almost completely sold out.

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