Smuggled cigarettes smoked in Bradford city double in one year

The amount of black market cigarettes smoked on Bradford streets has more than doubled in only one year, claim tobacco industry investigators who raided the city’s bins to gather their evidence.

One-in-five discarded packets were for smuggled cigarettes or were fake brands manufactured for illegal sale – a 100 per cent increase on the results of a similar survey in 2011 which put the figure at 9.5 per cent.

The national cost of the underworld tobacco trade is not just £3.6 billion in tax lost to the Treasury every year, there is also the harm to health from extra-deadly ingredients found in bogus cigarettes along with very high toxin levels.

Human excrement, dead flies and asbestos were found in counterfeit fags seized across Britain by the UK Border Agency earlier this year.

The survey of empty packets was carried out in May and April when brand security firm MS Intelligence collected 12,700 packets nationwide.

While Bradford’s figure doubled, the picture was even worse in Birmingham – where one-in-three retrieved packets were found to be illegal.

China is the source of most fake cigarettes in packets copied so carefully they are almost identical to the real thing.

But it also provides cigarettes such as the “Jin Ling” brand which are simply made to be smuggled.

And this type of contraband, known as ‘whites’, is where international criminal gangs are now concentrating their efforts.

The MS report states: “Historically, the illicit market was made up of genuine brands of tobacco smuggled from lower-priced EU countries.

“Currently, there are many more counterfeits and, increasingly, illicit whites.

“Along with counterfeits, illicit whites represent the most significant threat to legitimate trade and tobacco revenues in the UK from large-scale organised criminality.”

The tobacco industry claims Government plans to insist on plain packaging for cigarettes without any complicated logos or artwork will only make things easier for the crooks and gangsters without altering smoking trends.

But Bradford councillor Val Slater (Lab, Royds) who chairs West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee said she doubted that claim: “Personally, I can’t see the logic of that argument, because obviously the criminals are perfectly able to copy what’s out there at the moment,” Coun Slater said.

“And this doesn’t seem to be a very scientific survey, but nevertheless there is a very serious issue with illicit cigarettes and we need people to report any illegal sales.

“The loss of the tax means we all have to pay more to make up for it and the second reason is the impact on health – particularly among young people who may be tempted by these cheap cigarettes,” Coun Slater said.

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10:26am Sat 29 Sep 12

birday says...

What do you expect?
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We lost control of our boards and we know there are lots of other illegal stuff flowing in to Bradford.
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How do you think our work shy shirkers manage to have the life style you see in the streets and in their homes.
What do you expect? . We lost control of our boards and we know there are lots of other illegal stuff flowing in to Bradford. . How do you think our work shy shirkers manage to have the life style you see in the streets and in their homes. birday
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10:28am Sat 29 Sep 12

MontyLeMar says...

Sorry Val, but the argument is that the peddlers of these illicit fags don't have to go to the trouble of employing skilled graphical artists and printers if the fags are going to be in plain packets. Stands to reason the fags are going to be cheaper because the packets are going to be cheaper. The government has shot itself in the foot again by making the counterfeiter's life easier. I don't like this idea of human excrement in fags though! Yurrrgh...
Sorry Val, but the argument is that the peddlers of these illicit fags don't have to go to the trouble of employing skilled graphical artists and printers if the fags are going to be in plain packets. Stands to reason the fags are going to be cheaper because the packets are going to be cheaper. The government has shot itself in the foot again by making the counterfeiter's life easier. I don't like this idea of human excrement in fags though! Yurrrgh... MontyLeMar
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11:36am Sat 29 Sep 12

watcher22 says...

So the complaint is not that people's health is suffering but that we are losing 3.6 billion quid!
Perhaps the border control work should be handed back over to the people who did it between 1939 and 45. They did a better job.
So the complaint is not that people's health is suffering but that we are losing 3.6 billion quid! Perhaps the border control work should be handed back over to the people who did it between 1939 and 45. They did a better job. watcher22
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12:50pm Sat 29 Sep 12

A Casual Observer says...

birday wrote:
What do you expect?
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We lost control of our boards and we know there are lots of other illegal stuff flowing in to Bradford.
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How do you think our work shy shirkers manage to have the life style you see in the streets and in their homes.
I wouldn't call one packet of duty-free rolling baccy per week extravagant. As for what's in my home, let's see... an old desk out of a skip 15 years ago, an obsolete worthless PC, a pile of second-hand clothes, some old books...not a lot really. Sorry, were you expecting me to say plasma tv, a vibrating water bed, a well-stocked home bar with a man servant to mix my martinis? Fecking aresshole.
[quote][p][bold]birday[/bold] wrote: What do you expect? . We lost control of our boards and we know there are lots of other illegal stuff flowing in to Bradford. . How do you think our work shy shirkers manage to have the life style you see in the streets and in their homes.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't call one packet of duty-free rolling baccy per week extravagant. As for what's in my home, let's see... an old desk out of a skip 15 years ago, an obsolete worthless PC, a pile of second-hand clothes, some old books...not a lot really. Sorry, were you expecting me to say plasma tv, a vibrating water bed, a well-stocked home bar with a man servant to mix my martinis? Fecking aresshole. A Casual Observer
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12:52pm Sat 29 Sep 12

A Casual Observer says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
Sorry Val, but the argument is that the peddlers of these illicit fags don't have to go to the trouble of employing skilled graphical artists and printers if the fags are going to be in plain packets. Stands to reason the fags are going to be cheaper because the packets are going to be cheaper. The government has shot itself in the foot again by making the counterfeiter's life easier. I don't like this idea of human excrement in fags though! Yurrrgh...
Stick to the duty-free rolling baccy, that is ok, no excrement.
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: Sorry Val, but the argument is that the peddlers of these illicit fags don't have to go to the trouble of employing skilled graphical artists and printers if the fags are going to be in plain packets. Stands to reason the fags are going to be cheaper because the packets are going to be cheaper. The government has shot itself in the foot again by making the counterfeiter's life easier. I don't like this idea of human excrement in fags though! Yurrrgh...[/p][/quote]Stick to the duty-free rolling baccy, that is ok, no excrement. A Casual Observer
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12:53pm Sat 29 Sep 12

badford says...

Report ilegal sales made me laugh Most bradford folk know where to go for cheap cigs and tobacco its all part of the weekly shop.
Report ilegal sales made me laugh Most bradford folk know where to go for cheap cigs and tobacco its all part of the weekly shop. badford
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1:13pm Sat 29 Sep 12

collos25 says...

There is no police and border control are the biggest joke since Laural and Hardy.We live on an island with miles of coastline contraband is brought in at will.
There is no police and border control are the biggest joke since Laural and Hardy.We live on an island with miles of coastline contraband is brought in at will. collos25
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3:28pm Sat 29 Sep 12

ertnec says...

Just because the packets want have any printing on them does not mean there will be cheaper, what needs to happen is better enforcement both at boarders, police and the courts. Its so easy to sell these products look at the place near Ivegate selling stuff all the time Police etc know there there but still they carry on.. come on sort it before its to late.
Just because the packets want have any printing on them does not mean there will be cheaper, what needs to happen is better enforcement both at boarders, police and the courts. Its so easy to sell these products look at the place near Ivegate selling stuff all the time Police etc know there there but still they carry on.. come on sort it before its to late. ertnec
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7:41pm Sat 29 Sep 12

MontyLeMar says...

ertnec wrote:
Just because the packets want have any printing on them does not mean there will be cheaper, what needs to happen is better enforcement both at boarders, police and the courts. Its so easy to sell these products look at the place near Ivegate selling stuff all the time Police etc know there there but still they carry on.. come on sort it before its to late.
That's a poor attempt at disguising yourself Theresa May. A fine example for a Home Secretary to set! Come on, declare yourself.
[quote][p][bold]ertnec[/bold] wrote: Just because the packets want have any printing on them does not mean there will be cheaper, what needs to happen is better enforcement both at boarders, police and the courts. Its so easy to sell these products look at the place near Ivegate selling stuff all the time Police etc know there there but still they carry on.. come on sort it before its to late.[/p][/quote]That's a poor attempt at disguising yourself Theresa May. A fine example for a Home Secretary to set! Come on, declare yourself. MontyLeMar
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7:52pm Sat 29 Sep 12

yezboss says...

Easy, just stop smoking.
Easy, just stop smoking. yezboss
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8:45am Sun 30 Sep 12

Desmin says...

"Human excrement, dead flies and asbestos were found in counterfeit fags"

Purely scare mongering me thinks (and no, I dont smoke)
"Human excrement, dead flies and asbestos were found in counterfeit fags" Purely scare mongering me thinks (and no, I dont smoke) Desmin
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1:12pm Sun 30 Sep 12

webess says...

This situation exactly mirrors the drugs trade, prostitution and the US prohibition of alcohol in the 20's.

Drive something underground and the authorities lose all control of it. Not really hard to fathom is it?
This situation exactly mirrors the drugs trade, prostitution and the US prohibition of alcohol in the 20's. Drive something underground and the authorities lose all control of it. Not really hard to fathom is it? webess
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