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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bootleg Russian cigarettes lined with Chinese asbestos

Smokers are being warned off black market Russian import cigarettes which have been found to contain asbestos.



Many of the Jin Ling cigarettes contain industrial chemicals and asbestos-lined Chinese plasterboard, trading standards officials revealed yesterday.

Smokers have been warned that some black market Russian cigarettes contain asbestos Smokers have been warned that some black market Russian cigarettes contain asbestos


They come in yellow packs with the words Jin Ling and USA emblazoned across the front.

One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had been offered 200 of the Jin Ling brand while drinking in a club in Hartlepool, Co. Durham.

‘The fella wanted about £25 for 200, which is a bargain for normal cigarettes sale – when you’re paying £6 for 20,’ he said.

‘I didn’t actually buy any because I hadn’t heard of them – and when I checked on the internet, I’m pleased I didn’t.’

The brand was described by the World Health Organization as ‘the most disturbing new development in the illegal tobacco trade anywhere in the world’.

Hartlepool trading standards officer Ian Harrison added: ‘This particular brand is made to be smuggled, it is not a brand which can be bought in shops.

‘Because of that, there is no quality control – there is no doubt they are dangerous and the people who make them have no interest in what they are selling or who they are selling it to.’

But anti-smoking activists pointed out that all cigarettes pose risk.

‘All cigarettes, even legal ones, kill,’ said Ailsa Rutter of campaign group Fresh.

‘Your average packet of 20 bought down the local shop contains a horrendous list of poisons and toxins used in batteries, industrial solvents, chemical weapons and preserving dead bodies.’

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