James A. Damask is a former director of appropriations with the Ohio House of Representatives and an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

By James A. Damask

Cigarette Smuggling: Financing Terrorism?

The tax differential is so great between low-cigarette-tax states like North Carolina and high-cigarette-tax states like Michigan, that the U.S. government is beginning to uncover a startling trend: Suspects linked to Middle East terrorist groups have been discovered making "cigarette runs," buying them in North Carolina and selling them at thousands-of-dollars profit in Michigan. … more