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#Ibrahim Imbabi

An ongoing tobacco shortage has left Egypt’s 18 million smokers stuck between record-high prices and an unrelenting nicotine dependency. The popular Cleopatra Box pack could be found at any vendor, smoking shop, or kiosk at the price of EGP 24 a few months back. Consumers report that the same pack of cigarettes today costs more than twice the price in the black market. “I have been smoking Cleopatra for more than two decades. I remained loyal to this brand for…