Since Hungary’s new state tobacco retailing monopoly was established in 2013, there have been 878 criminal incidents, including five of physical harm, one involving a life-threatening injury and one involving murder. Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér provided crime data connected to the tobacco shops in a letter to opposition MP László Varju
The 878 criminal incidents took place between July 1, 2013, and May 11, 2015.
The tobacco law required tobacco retailers to operate in a manner which prevented children from seeing that a sale of tobacco products is taking place. (A similar law does not exist for the sale of pornography or alcohol). Tobacco shop owners, therefore, had to black-out their windows or draw white sheets over them to conform with the law.
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