Cigarette Smuggling

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Racial Politics Flavor Debate Over Banning Menthol Cigarettes

Lorillard Tobacco donated nearly four times as much to Republican candidates as to Democrats in the 2014 congressional elections. No surprise there — most businesses count on Republicans to hold the line on regulations and taxes. But Lorillard made a striking exception for one set of Democrats: African Americans. It gave campaign cash to half […]

State Tax Coffers Suffering Withdrawal Due to Cigarette Smuggling

Black market sales of cigarettes are costing states millions in tax revenue, and ruthless criminal gangs are orchestrating the illicit trade, according to a report by NPR. In California alone, an estimated $182 million a year is lost in unpaid excise taxes on cigarettes. The trade is fueled by wide gaps among the states in […]

Archive a Smoking Gun for Tobacco Firm

Why British American released papers showing possible links to contraband sales remains a mystery. GUILDFORD, England — This handsome town south of London is steeped in history. An 11th-century castle built by William the Conqueror overlooks the village center from a lovely hilltop park. The Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, is […]

Cigarettes, Greed and Betrayal: An Insider’s Saga

Rogue employee or Big Tobacco fall guy? Les Thompson tells tales from the vortex of the Canadian smuggling scandal. Les Thompson was a self-made man. He grew up poor in a small town in Ontario and got no further than high school. Still, he fashioned a nice career in the cigarette business, rising through the […]

Tobacco Case Judge Had Industry Ties

Courts: Legal experts say Lewis Kaplan was not required to disclose his background or to disqualify himself in cigarette smuggling suit. Federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan was part of the 2-1 majority that gave the tobacco industry one of its biggest legal victories in recent years–a ruling upholding dismissal of Canada’s cigarette smuggling case against […]

Tobacco Memos Show Overseas Price Fixing

Tobacco Memos Show Overseas Price Fixing Philip Morris and British-American Tobacco, the world’s two biggest tobacco companies, secretly joined forces to fix cigarette prices and divide markets in Argentina, Venezuela and other Latin American countries, according to internal documents that explicitly describe the deals and the involvement of some of the firms’ most senior executives. […]