Italy: Where They Still Walk A Mile for a Camel

In thousands of offices and factories all over Italy, the visit of a friendly little salesman with a plain brown briefcase is as much a part of the workaday routine as the coffee wagon is in the U.S. He is the neighborhood cigarette peddler, and every week he makes his rounds with a fresh supply of Camels, Kents and Marlboros at prices ranging from 40¢ to 48¢ a pack. The same brands sell at 77¢ to 79¢ at the state-owned tobacconist's, for the state tobacco monopoly imposes a 35¢ duty on every legally imported pack of cigarettes, while the...

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