'The Dragon Breathes Smoke': Cigarette Counterfeiting in the People's Republic of China

A. Shen, G. A. Antonopoulos, K. Von Lampe

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Abstract

This article aims at providing an account of the social organization of the cigarette counterfeiting business in the People's Republic of China—a business that has been feeding the cigarette black markets around the globe. Specifically, we aim to exhibit the scale and nature of cigarette counterfeiting in mainland China, describe the practices and actors in the different phases of the trade, and examine the role of corruption and violence in the particular business. We argue that cigarette counterfeiting is one of the side effects of China's reform and ‘opening up’ policy, and a feature of the country's economic development process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-258
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume50
Issue number2
Early online date11 Nov 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

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