Comments:Nearly three million contraband cigarettes seized by Canadian and U.S. authorities

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the government is hypocritical for launching antismoking campaigns paid for by public money but then taxing the hell out of cigarettes. and obviously smuggling crime will just go up, you can't force people to stop smoking, especially after you allowed it for so long that smokers are all so addicted. (talk) 23:48, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

In the U.S., tobacco is taxed at the State and Federal level. This means that you could drive or even mail cigarettes from a low-tax state to a high-tax state and pocket the difference. In Charlotte you may only pay a half-dollar in tax per pack, while in New York City you may pay up to four dollars in tax per pack. The allure for bootlegging cigarettes is that it’s ridiculously easy to do, and you can make a profit on nothing more than a suitcase of cigarette cartons. -- (talk) 16:58, 17 May 2009 (UTC)