drug prohibition

Yesterday I listened to an interview  on National Public Radio with David Kaplan, editorial director of an organization called the Center for Public Integrity, which has just come out with a report on the illegal trade in tobacco which, according to Mr. Kaplan, is the world’s most-smuggled legal product.

It’s a fascinating story of a trade worth as much as $100 billion annually – representing an estimated 12 percent of total cigarette sales – with a global reach and organizational sophistication worthy of any multinational corporation or illegal drug cartel. [click to continue…]


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