Human feces and rat droppings found in black market cigarettesBy Mason White 2:45 PM November 11, 2014
By: Chan Yuan
Authorities in the United kingdom, are warning people against buying cigarettes from the black market.
An investigation uncovered illegal cigarettes that contain human excrement and rat droppings.
The Local Government Association said that people should “think twice” about buying cigarettes on the black market.
The authorities have also previously discovered asbestos and dead flies inside illegal cigarettes, said the LGA.
Counterfeit cigarettes are easy to come by and are sold for much cheaper than the regulated brands. However, those cigarette man be worse for people’s health.
Councillor Joanna Spicer from the LGA said: “Counterfeit tobacco is hampering council efforts to reduce smoking.”
“People who buy cheap cigarettes, may think they are getting a good deal, but the truth is that they are not. If they knew what these cigarettes might contain, they would think twice before buying them,” the LGA said.
The LGA also pointed out that when buying the fake cigarettes it damages legitimate businesses and cost the United Kingdom economy about 3 billion pounds in unpaid taxes.