Thursday, February 3, 2011

A smokey Skokie loophole: would people buy cigarettes from you for $2.70 a pack?

Imagine a machine that rolls cigarettes from pipe tobacco at $27.00 a carton. That'll draw traffic. 

"The roll-your-own machine at Smokes & Such, which hums and bangs like an oversize printer in need of service, is only one of five in the state. Customers choose a type of tobacco and filter, the materials are loaded into the machine, and the customers push a button to start the production process. This small but critical step means the customers are technically making their own cigarettes — exempting the machine’s owners from state regulations and tax requirements"

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