Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Changing Role of China in the Global Illegal Cigarette Trade

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Study Forum.

From: Northumbria University Newcastle

von Lampe, KlausKurti, MarinShen, Anqi and Antonopoulos, Georgios (2012) The Changing Role of China in the Global Illegal Cigarette Trade. International Criminal Justice Review, 22 (1). pp. 43-67. ISSN 1057-5677

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From: The Bobr Times

The police officers of the Sûreté du Québec seized more than 10,000 contraband cigarettes and drugs during searches in a residence of Terrebonne and an apartment in Saint-Lin–Laurentides in the Lanaudière region.

During the searches, which were carried out Monday, police have seized more than 10,000 cigarettes, money, two vehicles, alcohol, contraband and drugs.


The operation was conducted by the Division of investigations on the smuggling of the SQ in collaboration with the centre de service de Montcalm of the SQ and the Service de police de Terrebonne.

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Animation warns of the dangers of illicit tobacco

From: Cheshire East Council

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How illicit tobacco trade undercuts effort to curb smoking

Editor’s Note: See also University of Cape Town Study Suggests The Illicit Trade In Cigarettes Targets Poor Communities In SA.

From: Business Day (South Africa)

Potential for massive profit is behind the dramatic spike in black market trade in cigarettes, writes Corné van Walbeek

While cigarette smoking in the western world is in decline, there are regional differences. Efforts to decrease tobacco consumption are undermined by the illicit trade in cigarettes.

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Tobacco Trafficking & Transnational Terrorism: Real IRA suspects arrested in Spain

From: The Times (UK)

Real IRA suspects arrested in Spain

Police had tobacco smuggling operation under surveillance

By David Sharrock

SPANISH police claimed yesterday to have disrupted one of the Real IRA’s fundraising rackets after arresting two members of the dissident terrorist group in the southern province of Málaga on the Costa del Sol.

The pair were partially identified as Thomas Philip C, 32, born in Dublin, and Aaron William J, 42, born in Lisburn, Co Antrim. It is customary in Spain for newly arrested suspects not to have their surnames revealed. In an Interior Ministry statement the men were accused of raising funds for their organisation by running contraband cigarettes.

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