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Santa Cruz do Sul

Santa Cruz do Sul

| February 19, 2008

While Paraguay obviously has the manufacturing capacity, it is not a major leaf-producing country. Where does it obtain its tobacco, and are leaf producers in a position to help curtail the illegal cigarette trade? To find out, we’ll travel to Santa Cruz do Sul, the largest tobacco-producing area in the region.

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The fourth-largest market

The fourth-largest market

| February 18, 2008

If you are looking for a bargain, Rio’s Centro Uruguaiana is the place to be. Normally expensive brand-name sneakers, faux designer purses and wristwatches sell at rock-bottom prices—as do cigarettes. Telling fake from real isn’t easy, however—even for the trained eye. That afternoon we present several cigarette packs purchased at Centro Uruguaiana to Dante Letti, […]

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Luggageless

Luggageless

| February 17, 2008

The insignia thief must have turned himself in, because we’re allowed off the plane. But while the flight attendant has her decorations back, we’re without luggage. It’s still in Miami, where we had a tight connection. Fortunately, there are two more Miami-Rio flights that day. The airline promises to deliver that afternoon. There’s something oddly […]

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Detained

Detained

| February 17, 2008

We haven’t even landed in Latin America yet, and we’re already being threatened with detention—not for investigating the counterfeit cigarette trade, but for theft. As the plane descends, a terse flight attendant announces that a pin and some other American Airlines insignia have disappeared from a cabin crew member’s uniform. If the decorations aren’t returned […]

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We’re idiots

We’re idiots

| February 11, 2008

“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” The leaf merchant was not impressed with our suggestion to track down a cigarette counterfeiter in Paraguay and interview him for an upcoming article in Tobacco Reporter about the illicit tobacco trade. “You’ll never find one. And even if you do, they will kill you.” Good. That confirms […]

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Volumes down, but sales up at BAT

Volumes down, but sales up at BAT

| December 3, 2007

Global drive brands thrive Volume sales by British American Tobacco during the nine months to the end of September, at 504 billion, were 1 percent down on those of the nine months to Sept. 30, 2006. The fall in volumes was attributed mainly to the high level of trade buying in some markets at the […]

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“Lickless” RYO papers

“Lickless” RYO papers

| September 4, 2007

Sustainable Trading claims the “first true innovation” in otherwise stale market. Sustainable Trading Ltd. (STL) has introduced a line of self-adhesive tobacco rolling papers in the United Kingdom. The company says its introduction, called VPapers, is the first true innovation in a market where products are differentiated only by packaging artwork. Consumer research carried out […]

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