The New Big Tobacco: Inside Canada’s underground tobacco industry, a five-part series..

Photo by: Graham Hughes for National Post..

September 23, 2010 - Started on Saturday, September 19th a five-part National Post series by Tom Blackwell takes readers inside the Mohawk-dominated contraband business and its spinoffs, and through the prickly politics that has allowed it to flourish for almost a decade.

The complete series on the contraband tobacco industry:

The New Big Tobacco — Part One of Five: Native-made cigarettes bring wealth and disapproval to reserves

The New Big Tobacco - Part Two of Five: A different kind of 'grow op' The Post looks at how Ontario farmers are feeding a growing underground economy.

The New Big Tobacco - Part Three of Five: 'There's nothing we've done that's illegal' The Post explores the growing debate over organized crime’s role.

The New Big Tobacco - Part Four of Five: The New Big Tobacco: Contraband capital

The New Big Tobacco - Part Five of Five: The high cost of cheap smokes

More information: Canada’s Boom in Smuggled Cigarettes Indian Tobacco Factories, Organized Crime Control a Billion-Dollar Black Market by William Marsden, The Center for Public Integrity, 3/27/2009.

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Imperial Tobacco Canada - slow illegal cigarettes/sue tobacco companies..;
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