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Cigarette smuggling on big time rise in Michigan, says Mackinac Center

Michigan's being cheated on millions in cigarette taxes because of smugglers.  Why?  Check out this video from the Mackinac Center.  Also, here's what they wrote about the problem.


Where There's Cigarette Taxes, There's Smuggling from Mackinac Center on Vimeo.

In a 2010 update to their 2008 study "Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling" (, Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit show the strong correlation between high cigarette taxes and smuggling, theft and other violent crimes.

(Note: The study covers 47 of the 48 contiguous states, omitting North Carolina as the basic source state for smuggled cigarettes.)