The cigarettes are crushed and briquetted, in this way they can be used as fuels in the boilers giving a more sustainable destination to the material.
Much of this smuggling comes to Brazil through the long stretch of the border with Paraguay. All apprehension is taken to the Federal Revenue, which is responsible for the destruction of the products. The amount destroyed this year, across the country, are up to almost $95 million dollars. In the border region of Foz do Iguaçu alone, an estimated 500 kg of smuggled cigarettes are apprehended per hour.