Last week Canada's National Postlaunched a surprising series:
They’re surrounded by high fences, security guards and a general air of secrecy; rarely is there any identifying sign. The factories at the heart of Canada’s surprising underground tobacco industry are scattered secretively through four Ontario and Quebec aboriginal communities, operating with virtual impunity and churning out so many cheap, tax-free cigarettes, some critics believe they have brought to a halt a decades-long decline in smoking rates. Yet those plants have also given an entrepreneurial, free-market jolt to depressed native economies, creating boom towns and cigarette mansions.
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