From: Business Day (South Africa)
Potential for massive profit is behind the dramatic spike in black market trade in cigarettes, writes Corné van Walbeek
Tobacco and Heart Disease is the theme for World No Tobacco Day on Thursday. Although most people regard cancer as the disease commonly associated with tobacco use, more smokers die of tobacco-attributable heart disease than tobacco-attributable cancers.
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.