Cigarette Smuggling

Officials say Virginia has a significant revenue problem as a result of cigarette smugglers who transport the tobacco products from here to northern locations.  State lawmakers want to take action to stop the black market vendors, who are capitalizing on the Commonwealth’s low cigarette tax rate more than ever.  As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, smugglers have made the sale of illegal smokes a billion-dollar industry by transporting them to high-tax states such as New York.

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