Yet addiction Counselor Andy Martin doesn't treat people for nicotine use. "I have had absolutely zero people come to me in the last three years for help with tobacco addiction."
Taxes have driven up the price of tobacco products. They are now so valuable, people are stealing them from stores and selling them on the black market.
So they make their own. "They have their clientele already ready and available when they commit a crime," said APD's Lt. James Williams. "Just make a phone call and say, 'Hey, I got what you need" and they make their transaction."
Because where there is demand, there will always be supply. "There are some creative entrepreneurs."
They strike again and again, taking carton after carton, pack after pack. "These criminals recognize that it's a pretty lucrative market, especially with cigarettes being more expensive now than ever. If they can break in and get them illegally and sell them for a reduced price they're probably going to have a pretty good business."