<b>Bulgaria: 3 - 4% cut in cigarette sales</b> <p>The ban on smoking in public places that came into force in Bulgaria in June 2012 has led to a decline in cigarette sales by 3 to 4 per cent, according to Sofia-based consulting company Industry Watch.<p> <p>According to Industry Watch, the impact of higher excise duty was much more on cheaper cigarettes and the effect on more expensive brands of cigarettes was generally weaker. In other European Union countries where smoking bans had been introduced, cigarette sales fell by 4% to 11% in the months right after the restriction came into effect. <div style="text-align:center"><img src="/img_news/Bulgaria_smoking_ban.jpg" style="border:0;width:530px;height:333px" alt="Bulgaria: 3 - 4% cut in cigarette sales" /></div>