High Cigarette Taxes Turn Smokers Into Smugglers


Paul's picture

No doubt those who push these taxes have Mafia connections so they can profit off the smuggling.

eugenedw's picture

We have a similar situation here in South Africa. Partly to protect us against ourselves, and partly through sheer greed, the government has, over the past decade or two, levied ever increasing "sin" taxes on tobacco and alcohol. Result? There is now a huge underground market for smuggled cigarettes, and of course, a whole new class of criminals has been created, and this in a country that already suffers from one of the highest crime rates in the world.