Philip Morris continues to fight counterfeit cigarettes

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Philip Morris USA has sued another eight retailers in New Jersey and New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of the company’s Marlboro cigarettes.

In total, the company has filed lawsuits against 35 retailers in the states since May 2009.

“This illegal activity hurts legitimate wholesale and retail businesses and for a number of reasons, including high cigarette excise taxes and New York State’s lack of effective cigarette excise tax enforcement, the New York metropolitan area is particularly vulnerable to this activity,” said Joe Murillo, vice president and associate general counsel of Altria Client Services.

Philip Morris says that none of the counterfeit cigarettes purchased from these retailers has a tax stamp, giving them an unfair advantage in the market.

The cigarette manufacturer said it continues to advocate for a comprehensive solution in New York to fight counterfeit and contraband cigarettes.

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