The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness has established an Interactive Public Docket dedicated exclusively to the discussion of counterfeit cigarettes. Counterfeit cigarettes play a crucial role in understanding many tobacco-related public policy issues ranging from a proposed ban on menthol flavoring to overpayment by tobacco companies under the 1998 settlement.
CRE has posted on the Counterfeit Cigarette IPD an article prepared by the Center for Public Integrity on an arbitration hearing to determine the extent of tobacco industry overpayment to states under the 1998 settlement. As the article explains, the marketshare held by counterfeit cigarettes is one of the issues being considered. The Center for Public Integrity article may be found here, http://www.thecre.com/cc/?p=134