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A Call for Common Sense

A newly published report from the U.S. Government Accountabiltiy Office, aptly entitled “Illicit Tobacco,” claims that the ever-rising tobacco taxes lead to “opportunities and incentives for illicit trade.” The report named several instances in which distributors, particularly in California, were caught importing tobacco products and selling them without paying state excise taxes. I know that …

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The Week in Cigar Crime

In my daily ritual of checking the search results for “cigar” on Google News, I came across a slew of stories about cigar and smoking-related crimes all over the world. If we’ve learned anything from Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and Robert DeNiro’s character in Cape Fear, criminals tend to love their cigars as much …

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Breakin’ the law: Cigars and criminals

Cigars have long had a history with criminal society, both in real life and fiction — Al Capone and Tony Montana from Scarface immediately come to mind. We know that our loyal readers are good, law-abiding citizens and certainly aren’t suggesting cigars and crime are linked. However, this past week saw a bevy of stories …

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