By John M. Annese, Staten Island Advance
The pain of rising cigarette prices has meant profit for some entrepreneurs on Staten Island willing to break the law to make a buck.
As a recent police sweep at St. George Ferry Terminal highlighted earlier this month, shady merchants have taken to selling loose cigarettes and cheap packs of smokes — all without the bother and extra cost of a state tax stamp.
New tax laws from last June have spiked the price of cigarettes to anywhere from $11 to $14 a pack, but bootleggers are charging $5 for a pack of Newports and, in some cases, 75 cents for a “loosie” — a single smoke.
A SHOPKEEPER has been fined after more than 14,000 counterfeit cigarettes were seized in a flat above a Coventry store.
Mustafa Abdulla, of CP Supermarket, in Humber Avenue, Stoke, was fined almost £4,000 at Coventry Magistrates Court.
Abdulla, who pleaded guilty, was first challenged by trading standards officers during a routine visit to the store where they found five packets of illegal cigarettes were found behind the shop counter.
Another 25 packets of illegal fruit-flavoured tobacco were seized from the store room at the back of the premises.
From: The Star Online (Malaysia)
MALACCA: The Health Ministry will work with the Customs Department to wage an all-out war on the sale of illicit cigarettes in the country.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the government was concerned over the wide distribution of counterfeit cigarette that could lead to health complications.
Over 38% of Malaysians are now opting for illicit cigarette due to its low pricing without considering the harm smoking can cause, he said here yesterday.