GIBRALTAR’S controversial tobacco industry has been brought under the spotlight.

According to Spain, the Rock imported 72 million packs of cigarettes in 2017 despite its meagre population of just 34,000 inhabitants.

If all of the tobacco imported went on internal consumption it would mean each Gibraltarian would have to smoke 5.8 packs of cigarettes every day.

In 2017, 4.5 million packs of illegal cigarettes and 70 tonnes of tobacco were seized in Andalucia alone, according to the Spanish Tax Agency (Hacienda)

This amounted to 63% of illegal tobacco seized around the whole of Spain.