`The dragon breathes smoke': cigarette counterfeiting in the People's Republic of China

Anqi Shen, Georgios A Antonopoulos, Klaus 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, the authors 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. They 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
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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