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Millions of illegal cigarettes packed with killer asbestos, rat droppings and poo flooding Britain, officials warn Empty Millions of illegal cigarettes packed with killer asbestos, rat droppings and poo flooding Britain, officials warn

Post by eddie on Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:42 pm

The huge trade in illegal fags is thought to cost the economy more than £2billion a year in unpaid duty and is hampering efforts to get people to give up.

Now the Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is calling for courts to impose bigger fines for selling illegal cigarettes.

Trading Standards teams are targeting fake ones made to look like popular brands and bootlegged packs smuggled in from abroad to dodge duty payments.

Officials are even using sniffer dogs to track down secret stashes. Recent hauls were found hidden in the walls and floors of shops, in toilet cisterns and sweet boxes.

The LGA’s Simon Blackburn said: “The sale of cheap, illegal tobacco is funding organised criminal gangs and damaging legitimate traders.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8283965/illegal-cigarettes-asbestos-rat-droppings-human-poo-britain/


It’s not a new thing either. The Guardian reported it five years ago:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/23/councils-crack-down-fake-cigarettes-excrement-mould-asbestos

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