From: The Hamilton Spectator | Letter to the Editor
There is definitely a widespread issue involving contraband tobacco sales.
Out of seven smokers in my family, all are smoking native brand cigarettes. I have noticed an increase in the amount they smoke because the cigarettes are cheap. They make frequent trips to Six Nations to buy them.
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From: Cato Institute
Jeff Sessions Misunderstands Drugs and Crime
By David Boaz
Tobacco has not (yet) been prohibited in the United States. But as a Cato study of the New York cigarette market showed in 2003, high taxes can have similar effects:
Over the decades, a series of studies by federal, state, and city officials has found that high taxes have created a thriving illegal market for cigarettes in the city. That market has diverted billions of dollars from legitimate businesses and governments to criminals.