Illegal Pathways to Illegal Profits: The Big Cigarette Companies and International Smuggling
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, December, 2002
55 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 1, 2002
Each year approximately 400 billion cigarettes, or one-third of all legally exported cigarettes, end up illegally smuggled across international borders. Cigarettes are the world's most widely smuggled legal consumer product. This report adds to the growing volume of evidence that firmly establishes that the legal manufacturers of these cigarettes have knowingly fostered and have consciously supported the illegal smuggling of their own brands.
Keywords: cigarettes, tobacco, smuggling, illicit trade, Marlboro, Philip Morris, British American Tobacco
JEL Classification: F23, H26, I18, L66
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