Cigarette paper sales dropped by 3.7 per cent to 9.2 million units, valued at 28.9 million euros.
This contrasts with figures for the whole of Spain, where consumption rose by 0.50 per cent.
According to industry sources, sales in Spain had dropped earlier in the year by as much as six per cent, but started to recover from September.
This was attributed to the launch of low-cost brands to counteract the effects of Spain's tough new anti-smoking law which comes into effect on January 1. The drop in the Balearics is due to the fact that the region's own anti-tobacco law is already in force.
The central government is studying the possibility of introducing new taxes to prevent the proliferation of the low cost brands.
Sales rose in six Spanish regions in the first 11 months of the year: the Basque Country (by 6.2 per cent, the biggest increase), Navarre, Catalonia, Castille-La Mancha, Murcia and Andalucia. Sales dropped in La Rioja (by 3.5 per cent, the biggest decrease), Madrid, Asturias, Castille-Leon, Cantabria, Extremadura, Galicia, Aragon, the Balearics and Valencia. Catalonia tops the list for the biggest cigarette sales (820 million packets), followed by Andalucia (775 million packets).
Catalonia also tops the list for cigar sales with 227 million units, followed at a distance by the Basque Country (120 million units) and Andalucia (112 million units). The most popular brand of cigarettes is Marlboro (16.9 per cent of sales) followed by Fortuna (14.74pc).
Low cost brands launched to counteract anti smoking law
The content of comment is the opinion of users and netizens and not of mallorcadailybulletin.com.
Comments contrary to laws, which are libellous, illegal or harmful to others are not permitted');
mallorcadailybulletin.com - reserves the right to remove any inappropriate comments.
Please remember that you are responsible for everything that you write and that data which are legally required can be made available to the relevant public authorities and courts; these data being name, email, IP of your computer as well as information accessible through the systems.