Spain's Crisis Is Good for Cigarette Smugglers

A sour economy boosts sales of contraband cigarettes
Illustration by Kelsey Dake

Like millions of Spaniards, Alicia García has been forced to make sacrifices because of the country’s debt crisis. The 32-year-old beautician used to smoke up to a pack a day, but now she’s down to just five cigarettes. “Smoking has just become way too expensive,” says García, as she stands on a street in downtown Madrid puffing away. “I’ve got to think twice before lighting up.”

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