"cigarettes must have come from the black market"

Underground economies tend to flourish in countries where corruption, strict regulation and monopolies have a stranglehold on economic goods or services. Likewise, war can swell the black market as restriction of resources needed for the war effort leads to rationing. For goods that take on extra lustre in times of hardship – tobacco, alcohol, drugs, desirable clothes and make-up – people are often willing to pay through the nose, hence the exorbitant prices that everyday items can fetch on the black market.