Tobacco Underground: The Booming Global Trade in Smuggled Cigarettes

Number 23914
Subject Tobacco
Source Center for Public Integrity
State CA
Year 2008
Publication Date 10/19/2008
Summary "Tobacco Underground" is groundbreaking series on the global trade in smuggled cigarettes, produced by a team of 14 journalists based in 10 countries. The illicit trafficking of tobacco is a multibillion-dollar business today, fueling organized crime and corruption, robbing governments of needed tax money, and spurring addiction to a deadly product. So profitable is the trade that tobacco is the world's most widely smuggled legal substance. In an interactive, multimedia Web site, ICIJ published a series of nine stories, integrated with undercover footage; audio and video interviews with experts, smugglers and undercover agents; maps and charts; and extensive links to resources ranging from tobacco control groups to repositories of tobacco industry documents.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 81
Keywords tobacco; smuggling; new media; international journalism; cigarette; tobacco
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