Italian State vs Yesmoke
The Italian State, which, with its organs and institutions supports the tobacco multinationals, is the greatest obstacle to the development of an Italian company in the tobacco sector. The State today has no problems to decide to shutdown an Italian company and cause the loss of jobs of its employees, all to protect the financial interests of foreign companies.
Italy or petty Italy? It is no longer the age when we armed ourselves to chase out the invader. These last decades seem to have produced a political class lined up in favour of occult forces, that want a country of servile institutions, ready to harm their own people to not displease the foreigner of the period.
Premise: Privatisation chaos
Until a few years ago, 95% of the cigarettes sold on the Italian market were produced in Italy. Today, in 2010, 99% of the cigarettes sold in Italy, a sector worth 14 billion euro a year in tax revenue, is the property of a cartel of foreign companies, and they have moved almost all the production to other countries. These companies divide up a profit of 2 billion 400 million euro every year, happily eluding Italian taxes. Completing this incredible scenario, there is the Spanish firm Logista, that has the monopoly of the cigarette distribution.
- In Italy, do they smoke Italian cigarettes? Yes, but only “imported” ones
- When Big Tobacco “Goes on Strike”, the State Capitulates
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