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Cigarette Smuggling

How many people die in the US each day? This question is not here to be morbid, but to give a sense of reality.

How many packets of cigarettes can you fit into a container lorry?

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Volume = Height x Width x Length

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No of Packets = Volume of Lorry / Volume of one Packet

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I don't know! but it must be about 300,000

Note: Due to UK taxes the high street cost of a packet of cigarettes is about 4.50 ($6.75). Selling them without tax (illegally!) at 4.00  still makes ~2 profit per pack. This means that selling a single truck load could easily make 500,000 ($750,000). 

 

 

My Answer: 300,000

Assume that the internal dimensions of a container lorry are 6m x 2.5m x 2.5m and that a pack of cigarettes is 2.5 cm x 8cm x 6cm.

 

Volume = Height x Width x Length

--> Volume of lorry = 6*2.5*2.5 = 37.5 m

--> Volume of cigarette packet = 0.025*0.08*0.06 = 0.00012m

 

No of Packets = Volume of Lorry / Volume of one Packet

--> No. of cigarette packets in one lorry   = 37.5 / 0.00012

                                                                     = ~300,000

                                                                      

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