Cigarette smuggling is everyone’s business

EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Illicit cigarettes are smuggled in open markets in Athens.

Cigarette smuggling is everyone’s business


It is 11 o’clock in the morning and there is already a long queue forming at the border checkpoint between the Spanish town La Linea de la Concepcion and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Once across the border to Gibraltar, the next stop is a kiosk just a few metres away.
There they will buy tax-free cigarettes for just €2.20 a pack. No one is interested in buying the well-known brands. They prefer the so-called illicit whites – the brand name cigarettes from an unknown origin...


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