Illegal Cigarette Market on the Rise in Costa Rica

From: The Costa Rican Times

Costa Rica News – Loose cigarettes can be found in just about every small grocery store throughout Costa Rica.

They cost about ¢200. Of course they won’t be out on the counter and the owner will look around before taking them out of a hiding spot.

Smuggled packages are also readily available at discounted rates. Two reforms passed in 2012 accidentally favored trafficking and smuggling. The lawmakers did not envision this effect.

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