Summary: REa[c]gie Libanaise des Tabacs et Tombacs
(REa[c]gie), the State-owned tobacco monopoly, signed an agreement with the UK-based Imperial Tobacco Company to produce international brands Ee"GitanesEe", Ee"GauloisesEe", and Ee"WestEe" in REa[c]gieEe's facilities.
Government-owned Regie Libanaise des Tabacs et Tombacs
(RLT) attributed the drop directly to the withdrawal, with soldiers and low paid workers the main consumers of what was then -- and still is now at LBP 750 ($0.
Lebanon's government-owned Regie Libanaise des Tabacs et Tombacs
, better known as Regie, is the only firm authorized to produce and import cigarettes and tobacco and is a rare success story among the country's often-dysfunctional state companies.
Tobacco is big business in LebanonPublic health scholars point to the close relationship between the Finance Ministry and the Regie Libanaise des Tabacs et Tombacs
, Lebanon's state-controlled monopoly that oversees the country's tobacco trade.