Counterfeit Cigarette Industry in China

Chinese authorities seized 8.3 counterfeit cigarettes in 2008.  In the first six months of 2009, authorities seized 2.4 billion counterfeit cigarettes.

Up to 400 billion counterfeit cigarettes are produced in China each year.  In addition, 99 percent of the counterfeit cigarettes found in the United States comes from China.

Back in 2003, it was estimated that 190 billion counterfeit cigarettes were being produced in China.


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  1. Source: Xinhua, “China seizes 2.4 bln counterfeit cigarettes,” China View, July 17, 2009.

    Source: Te-Pin Chen, “China’s Marlboro Country,” Slate, June 29, 2009.

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