Fake Cigarettes Containing Asbestos, Arsenic And Human Poo Found In UK.

Smoking is bad for you, but smoking these fags is worse. Credit: PA
Simon Blackburn, a representative of the LGA, said: "The sale of cheap, illegal tobacco is funding organised criminal gangs and damaging legitimate traders."It is also making it easier for young people to get hooked, which undermines efforts to help people quit."Fake cigarettes contain even higher levels of cancer-causing toxins than standard cigarettes."Bigger fines need to be imposed by the courts to deter the sale of illegal tobacco."Cigarettes aren't the only fake product causing a bit of trouble at the minute. In the past few weeks, police have discovered a load of fake vodka in the Yorkshire city of Hull. Radloff vodka is thought to have been made with industrial-strength alcohol that can cause blindness or death if consumed. The local authority for the city tweeted: "Warning: If you spot 'Radanoff' vodka for sale, do not buy or drink it. Radloff is a fake brand seized recently in Hull."It could contain industrial alcohol which can cause blindness or death. If you see Radloff, contact Trading Standards on 01482 300 300."The statement continued: "Tests are still to be carried out on the bottles seized until those are complete there's no way of knowing what's in the bottles."However, we do know this product has no customs duty stamp and the barcode doesn't link to a real product."Fake alcohol is not only dangerous in some cases, car screenwash and anti-freeze have been used as ingredients it's also costly. It's thought that alcohol fraud costs the UK £1bn ($1.3bn) each year. Make sure whatever you're getting is the real deal, guys.
Durham Council has released pictures of some fake cigs. Credit: PA