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Illegal Cigarettes

Legalization: Only Half the Answer

Rafael Salazar | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics
Rafael Salazar

The mass smuggling of cigarettes in Paraguay offers an important lesson for those looking to legalization as a panacea. Even with a product that can be bought legally and just about anywhere, smugglers are ready to cash in on price differences and more than a few smokers are willing to buy from them.

Christopher Mathias

Inside New York City's Dangerous, Multimillion-Dollar Cigarette Black Market | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.03.2014 | Business

Ask for cigarettes at one bodega in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and the owner will open a small drawer behind the counter and pull out your pack of ...

Cigarettes In NYC Jails Are REALLY Expensive

Posted 05.06.2013 | New York

The black market for cigarettes in New York City jails thrived after Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned inmates from smoking in 2013. A single smoke behin...

Aaron Sankin

Willie Brown: Controversial Cigarette Tax Will Help Smugglers | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco

Willie Brown isn't one to keep his opinions to himself. In his most recent Willie's World column for the San Francisco Chronicle, the former San F...