Editor’s Note: For more information on the racial impact of “sin” taxes, see Weaponizing Poverty.

From: Tobacco Induced Diseases

Aimei Mao, Joan L. Bottorff, John L. Oliffe, Gayl Sarbit and Mary T. Kelly

Received: 20 July 2016 | Accepted: 16 March 2017 | Published: 21 March 2017



Immigrants often experience economic hardship in their host country and tend to belong to economically disadvantaged groups. Individuals of lower socioeconomic status tend to be more sensitive to cigarette price changes. This study explores the cigarette purchasing patterns among Chinese Canadian male immigrants.


Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 Chinese Canadian immigrants who were smoking or had quit smoking in the last five years.

From: Global Financial Integrity

By Channing May

Global Financial Integrity is pleased to present here its analysis of Transnational Crime and the Developing World. This follows a similarly named report we produced in 2011, which received considerable attention around the world. Unfortunately, transnational crime in multiple categories continues to grow in every region.


The global community is failing in efforts to curtail transnational crime. Why? Largely because law enforcement is focused on the materials and manifestations of the crimes rather than on the money the crimes generate.