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Opening Arguments

The last straw

Had to happen: fake cigarettes on the street:

Authorities seized nearly 600,000 packs of cigarettes with brand names like Marlboros and Newports, half of which are suspected of being counterfeits from China, prosecutors announced Monday.

Three Chinese men were arrested in the raid late last week at a warehouse in the Corona section of Queens, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said at a news conference. The cigarettes have an estimated street value of more than $3.4 million.

Wait, wait, it gets better:

Because the counterfeits originated in China, they were not subject to any regulatory review of their ingredients and could contain "dangerously high levels of tar and nicotine,'' said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

You know, as opposed to the quite acceptable levels of tar and nicotine in ordinary cigarettes. Those wicked Chinese; it's one thing to contaminate our pet food and toothpaste. But to make our cigarettes unsafe!


A J Bogle
Tue, 08/14/2007 - 10:05am

First they want to poison our pets, then our kids, now our smokers. How is china's dumping of unsafe products and their governments tacit approval thru lack of oversight not a form of state sponsored terrorism? Americans are not fully appreciating the true costs of outsourcing our economic and security future.

Bob G.
Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:23pm

I'm sure that America is not the only nation China has by the "economic cajones".

Oh for the days of "Made in Japan"!


A J Bogle
Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:21pm

They may have us by the cajones for the short term, but if the US economy is as resilient as the punditry says it would only be temporary.

Kepp in mind that they need our markets for their shoody and unsafe trinkets more than we need them