Fake Cigarette Production in North Korea

41 billion counterfeit cigarettes produced each year in North Korea and are then sold in China, Japan, and the United States.

Intelligence agencies estimate that the country makes between $500 to $700 million per year selling the illegal cigarettes.

Source: Richard Lloyd Parry, “An economy built on drug dealers, ivory poachers and counterfeiters”, The Times (United Kingdom), October 11,2006.

Source: “Fake Cigarettes ‘N. Korea’s Biggest Money-Spinner’,” Chosum Ilbo, August 17, 2006.

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