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January 2015

Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In

From: Mackinac Center

By Michael D. LaFaive, Todd Nesbit, Ph.D., and Scott Drenkard

Executive Summary

In the newest iteration of our annual cigarette smuggling study, we find that New York remains America’s number one smuggling state for inbound, illegal traffic at 58.0 percent of the total market. That is, of all the cigarettes consumed in the Empire State in 2013 — legal and illegal —58 percent were smuggled in. We also estimate that nearly 25 percent of the Michigan cigarette market is comprised of contraband smokes.