Cigarette Shortage over — Almost

The Dubek Co., which has a monopoly on domestic tobacco products, announced today it will end its week-long lock-out because the government’s emergency economic program will allow it to raise the price of cigarettes substantially. Dubek shut down because it said it was losing money under the old price ceiling. But for smokers who suffered when the tobacco shelves were empty the ordeal has not ended. The distributors said they would continue to withhold supplies until Dubek upped their commissions.

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