The Newsletter 55 Winter 2010

Cigarette counterfeiting in the People's Republic of China

Georgios A. AntonopoulosAnqi ShenKlaus von Lampe

Until about 10 years ago, most cigarettes sold on black markets worldwide originated from legal sources. Major tobacco manufacturers were accused of wittingly or unwittingly supplying smugglers on a grand scale. Since then, under pressure from various governments, the tobacco industry has apparently become much more careful in choosing customers down the chain of distribution, leaving a void on the black market to be fi lled by counterfeit cigarettes. One country is frequently mentioned in this context: China.

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