Cigarette seizures in Singapore in 2007

1.6 million packets of contraband cigarettes were taken off the black market by authorities in Singapore in 2007.

1.2 million packs were seized in 2006, and 360,000 packs were seized in 2005.

Police report that an illegal tobacco pack can sell for $3 (US), while a legitimate pack with taxes included sells at retail stores for $7 (US).

Source: Julia Ng,”ICA reports 83% jump in smuggling cases at checkpoints in 2007,” Channel News Asia, January 24, 2008.

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