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Minnesota Remains One of Worst States for Cigarette Smuggling

Most citizens would be alarmed to learn how big of a problem cigarette smuggling represents in states with high cigarette taxes like Minnesota. Many realize the state's taxes on cigarettes rank among the highest in the nation at $3.59 per pack. But how many understand that Minnesota has one of the highest rates of cigarette smuggling in the country and the criminal element that comes with it? The trend recently caught the attention of the Pioneer Press. Officials say smugglers have been bringing in tobacco products by the truckload from Indiana, where the tax is one-fourth of what Minnesota charges. They sell...

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