Romania ranks 3rd among the 28 European Union member states in terms of cigarette production, after Germany and Poland, according to Eurostat.
In 2017, Germany was the largest producer and accounted for 31 percent of EU production, with almost 150 billion cigarettes produced.
“Poland ranked second (114 billion cigarettes produced in 2017, or 23 percent of the EU total) and Romania third (70 billion, 14 percent). These three Member States accounted more than two-thirds of the total production of cigarettes in the EU,” Eurostat said.
They were followed by Greece and Portugal (both producing 25 billion cigarettes, 5 percent of the EU total) and Bulgaria (20 billion, 4 percent)).
In 2017, over 487 billion cigarettes were produced in the EU, 40 billion fewer than in 2016. The production value in 2017 was around EUR 4.9 billion, which is EUR 1.3 billion less than in 2016.
The EU’s production of cigarettes in 2017 was equivalent to more than 950 cigarettes per EU inhabitant. Romania produced in 2017 the equivalent of 3,600 cigarettes per inhabitant.