Councils unite in fight against cigarettes containing 'human excrement' sold in South-East black market

Cigarettes containing human excrement, dead flies and asbestos are being sold on the black market

Cigarettes containing human excrement, dead flies and asbestos are being sold on the black market

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Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley Councils are joining forces to tackle the black market cigarette trade in an attempt to cut the amount people smoke.

The Local Government Association (LGA) have warned such products posed a fire risk, hurt legitimate businesses and cost the UK approximately £3bn a year in unpaid duty.

It is estimated the black market trade sells an estimated 114 million cigarettes across the four South-East London boroughs alone annually.

In some cases these cigarettes contained human excrement, dead flies and asbestos, the LGA added.

It is claimed many of these cigarettes not only lack the safety precautions required to ensure a genuine product is made, but also subsequently contain much higher levels of tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide, lead and arsenic than normal cigarettes.

Vice-chairwoman of LGA’s safer and stronger communities board Joanna Spicer said: “People buying cheap cigarettes might think they are getting a great deal - but the truth is that they're not. If they knew what they might contain, they might think twice about buying them.

“Council prosecutions should serve as a strong warning to any shopkeeper thinking of stocking their shelves with illegal tobacco and not thinking twice about selling them cheaply to children and others.”

More to come.

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8:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

jan13she says...

Don't know about cracking down on black market ciggies, they need to get their arses in gear and crack down on the drug dealing that is going on in Mottingham i.e. Kimmeridge, Charminster , Castlecombe, Marvels Woods etc etc.
Don't know about cracking down on black market ciggies, they need to get their arses in gear and crack down on the drug dealing that is going on in Mottingham i.e. Kimmeridge, Charminster , Castlecombe, Marvels Woods etc etc. jan13she
  • Score: 7

9:21am Mon 25 Aug 14

molsey says...

I am a non-smoker having never smoked but these warnings smack of scare tactics to me.
I am a non-smoker having never smoked but these warnings smack of scare tactics to me. molsey
  • Score: 12

9:12am Tue 26 Aug 14

goldenbroomboy says...

This smacks of official disinformation.

(Well apart from the bit about lost revenue).
This smacks of official disinformation. (Well apart from the bit about lost revenue). goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 6

11:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Now I know why people who smoke stink.

FFS knock it on the 'ed will yas, dirty filthy habit.
Now I know why people who smoke stink. FFS knock it on the 'ed will yas, dirty filthy habit. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -2

4:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

the wall says...

jan13she wrote:
Don't know about cracking down on black market ciggies, they need to get their arses in gear and crack down on the drug dealing that is going on in Mottingham i.e. Kimmeridge, Charminster , Castlecombe, Marvels Woods etc etc.
Try reporting this to the Police or your MP.
[quote][p][bold]jan13she[/bold] wrote: Don't know about cracking down on black market ciggies, they need to get their arses in gear and crack down on the drug dealing that is going on in Mottingham i.e. Kimmeridge, Charminster , Castlecombe, Marvels Woods etc etc.[/p][/quote]Try reporting this to the Police or your MP. the wall
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