‘Where There’s Smoke, there’s Money’: An Introduction to the Special Issue on ‘the Illicit Tobacco Market’ (2016)

Author: Georgios A. Antonopoulos and Klaus von Lampe 

This paper provides an introduction to the special issue of Trends in Organized Crime bringing forward numerous empirical research findings and theoretical accounts on the illicit tobacco market in several European countries and the United States.

The illegal trade in tobacco products is widely considered to be a manifestation of organised crime with a long history which only relatively recently has begun to receive academic attention (see van Duyne and Antonopoulos 2009). There are four main schemes characterising this trade in the last two decades or so:

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