Yes, it is.
Illegal tobacco is thought to be responsible for four times as many
deaths as drugs. Cheap tobacco makes smoking affordable, which
reduces people's motivation to quit, encourages smokers to smoke
more, and makes it easier for children to take up the habit. It is
also linked to low-level and large-scale organised crime.
We read this in an article
from the British Medical Journal (2008) called 'Why combating
tobacco smuggling is a priority'.
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