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Old 07-06-2019, 09:38 PM
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Here are two links to interesting maps which might be interesting for the forum.

How high are cigarette tax rates in your state?
https://taxfoundation.org/state-cigarette-tax-rates-2018/

This does not include the federal tax and local tax rates that cities and counties can levy in addition to both the state and federal taxes.

Cigarette Smuggling by State
https://taxfoundation.org/cigarette-tax-cigarette-smuggling-2015/

This economic study estimates flows of cigarette smuggling in (high tax states) and out (low tax states). If you are a low tax state, you could end up generating more tobacco tax revenue by keeping the tax low and capitalizing on the higher volume from cigarettes bought and smuggled out of your jurisdiction.

I suspect the mafia is making some good money in the cigarette smuggling business into high tax states.

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I recall reading an article not too long ago that estimated as much as 60% of the cigarettes sold in the state of New York (excise tax is $4.35 per pack, the highest in the U.S.) are smuggled. The buyer generally won't know because they'll have a fake N.Y. tax stamp on the pack.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:31 AM
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I'm sure it's not all a bed of roses in the cigarette smuggling business. There is obviously some big money involved, which is an invitation to danger. Glenn Frey, one of The Eagles, had a hit song called "Smuggler's Blues" back in the '80s.

there's lots of shady characters
lots of dirty deals
ev'ry name's an alias
in case somebody squeals
it's the lure of easy money
it's got a very strong appeal

perhaps you'd understand it better
standin' in my shoes
it's the ultimate enticement
it's the smuggler's blues

it's a losing proposition
but one you can't refuse
it's the politics of contraband
it's the smuggler's blues


Here's a link to the video, which is pretty good, for any of the younger crowd who might not have ever seen it. Plenty of smoking going on, although it's not cigarettes they are smuggling. I don't remember even noticing the smoking in this video back then when it came out, that's a measure of how much times have changed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSXKyHM133c
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