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Our industry

As a responsible corporate, CTC works to address the issues shaping the industry through its operations and by positively engaging with stakeholders.

We continue to be a reliable source of revenue to the Government while creating jobs and supporting livelihoods across our value chain.

The legal cigarette industry is one of the most highly regulated with our products being subjected to extensive product, marketing and taxation requirements. As the only legal cigarette manufacturer in the country, our contribution to Sri Lanka’s economy in terms of government revenue amounted to LKR 125 billion in 2018 while supporting over 176,000 livelihoods.

The tobacco industry in Sri Lanka, consists of legally manufactured cigarettes (37%), beedi (57%) and illegal or smuggled cigarettes (6%). Over the last decade, total smoking has increased with declining legal cigarette volumes while beedi and smuggled products have grown in the absence of a level playing field.