‘THE DRAGON BREATHES SMOKE’ – Cigarette Counterfeiting in the People’s Republic of China
Mar 18, 2011
From: The British Journal of Criminology (2010)
By Anqi Shen, Georgios A. Antonopoulos and Klaus Von Lampe
When it comes to the links between China as the counterfeit cigarette source country and (primarily) Western markets, the role of the Western states as the ultimate ‘market determiners’ (van Duyne 2007) by imposing prohibitive taxes on cigarettes, a socially and culturally embedded commodity, has to be highlighted. High taxation imposed by governments has contributed to an environment of demand for cheap cigarettes, which has been exploited by entrepreneurs capitalizing on huge price differentials and ‘global market ambiguities’ (Hornsby and Hobbs 2007: 565).
Study attached: THE DRAGON BREATHES SMOKE