CIGARETTE sales fell last year in the Balearics by 17.06 percent, and by a wide margin in all coastal areas of Spain, reportedly due to the downturn in the tourist trade, the Tobacco Market Commission reported yesterday.

In 2009, despite a major downturn in sales, nearly 143'000'000 million packets of cigarettes were sold in the Balearics along with other smoking material which brought in revenue of up to 468'000'000 million euros.

Another coastal area which suffered an even greater loss of revenue in the tobacco trade was Alicante where sales fell by 18.29 percent. Throughout Spain as a whole, including the inland areas, tobacco sales fell by nearly 10 percent in 2009. The figure contrasts strongly with the increase of 32.55 percent in sales of “roll your own” tobacco registered during the same year.