Tuesday 25 October 2016

Smuggled cigs - an offer we can refuse

The Godfather
The Godfather

It seems that Revenue may be winning the war against cigarette smuggling, with new figures showing that 11pc of cigarettes being smoked in 2013 were illegally imported, compared with a figure of 15pc in 2009.

The biggest- selling most-smuggled brand last year were the Godfather-themed Don Corleone packs, which is a very apt name under the circumstances, for two reasons. On the one hand, smoking them is as bad for you as would be any dealings with that most ruthless of Mafia bosses, played by Marlon Brando in the movie (inset).

And presumably the decline in popularity of Don Corleone's product can be at least partly attributed to fierce competition with Michael Corleone's famous nemesis. Hyman Roth(mans).

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