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Arsenic and faeces found in fake fags

Published söndag 24 april 2011 kl 11.13

Four million counterfeit cigarettes are waiting to be destroyed in a Stockholm harbour, as more and more fake packets are being smuggled into Sweden.

Mostly from China, the cigarettes look like the normal cigarette brands, but there is not just tobacco in them. Analyses of previous finds showed arsenic as well as excrement in the cigarettes, reports Dagens Nyheter.

Many of the cigarettes are meant for transport to third countries, according to the new report by Swedish Customs authorities on smuggling into Sweden, but some also end up in Swedish stores. The smuggling leagues are well organised, it states, and are well aware of Swedish laws, taxes and have good contacts so that they can sell the fake cigarettes further down the sales chain.

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