Cigarette Smuggling: complicated to do, complicated to hide, done to corrupt poor nations world-wide
Cigarette Smuggling is a global pandemic, a black-market ploy facilitated by those who claim to combat it: Transnational Tobacco Companies. Cigarette smuggling undermines the health of developing nations and diminishes the ability of governments to act by over-saturating the market. Although the illegal cigarette trade has exploded in Africa in recent times, little is known and written about smuggling. I seek to expose the secret role Big Tobacco plays in the distribution of illegal cigarettes.
British American Tobacco (BAT) in Kenya
This Critical Industry Visualization is a satirical imitation of the "for Dummies" book series. The ten step tutorial in the animated story highlights actual techniques the tobacco industry uses to cloak their involvement in the Black Market.
While the surface level comedy is the reference to the “for Dummies” book series, the deeper satire is how intrinsically complicated the actions and motivations of BAT are to keep their operations secretive and effective. Internal documents suggest that contraband has been crucial to BAT’s African Corporate Strategy. My CIV will argue that the Tobacco industry, while hiding behind the façade of combating the black market, actually superintends the illicit trade in Kenya for their own selfish interests.
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