Balearic Island tobacco sales plummet 55 per cent in 15 years

Spain’s tobacco stands are now banned from selling menthol/flavoured cigarettes or rolling tobacco thanks to new rules dictated by the European Commission. CREDIT: Shutterstock

TOBACCO sales plummeted 55 per cent in 15 years in the Balearic Islands.

Figures from the Tobacco Market Commissioner reveal the massive drop in sales in the islands from 2005 following approval of the Anti-Tobacco Law.

In fact, the Balearics registered the second biggest decrease in tobacco sales of any region in Spain, beaten only by Andalucia, where they went down by just over 57 per cent during the same period.


At national level sales of cigarettes fell back nearly 52 percent between 2005 and 2019.

The Anti-Tobacco Law was passed in 2005, but did not come into effect until January 1 2006. It was then reformed in 2011 in order to increase the restrictions, which led to a further drop in cigarette purchases.

The reforms banned smoking from any public space which is not outdoor. It also prohibited the broadcast of programmes or imaged with presenters of their guests smoking or referring directly or indirectly to tobacco products on all form of communication.


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