The Netherlands is a popular country for cigarettes, with more than 5 million cigarettes being sold per year.
But the country’s health officials recently said they are concerned about the tobacco industry’s efforts to grow and sell more than 10 million cigarettes in just three months.
The tobacco industry, which is now worth more than $100 billion, has spent nearly $400 million on advertising and public relations, including billboards, TV spots, and radio and TV advertisements.
“We are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” a spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Health told Reuters news agency.
In the first quarter of 2017, there were 4.3 million cigarettes sold in the Netherlands, compared with 3.5 million the same period a year earlier.
While the Netherlands has a low prevalence of smoking, it has also become a destination for smokers to find nicotine-free products.
The country also is known for its low cost of smoking cigarettes, and the country also offers a low-cost form of nicotine replacement therapy called nicotine gum.
“The problem of nicotine addiction is a worldwide one,” said Philip Morris International, a Dutch tobacco company.
“If you are an adult, you can stop using nicotine completely.”