Cigarettes, smuggled or sold, continue to generate controversies

Cigarette smuggling continues to be a problem, but there also is controversy over proposals to restrict legal sales.

The Fuerza Pública stopped a vehicle carrying 1,840 packs of cigarettes Monday night in Tibás. The Silver Elephant cigarettes were on their way to the central Pacific from the Limón area, police said.

They were presumed to be smuggled, and the driver faces legal action.

Meanwhile at the legislature Tuesday, members of the Partido Acción Ciudadana expressed their opposition to a change in the proposed anti-tobacco law that would permit retail sales of lots of 10 cigarettes.

Lawmakers already have agreed to prohibit the sale of single cigarettes in an effort to reduce smoking. The theory is that poorer individuals cannot afford to purchase a full pack and must buy lesser quantities.

The discussion came in the Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico on proposals against tax fraud.cigarros081215

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