Chemicals present in smuggled cigarettes [Vietnam]

From: Vietnam Economic Times

Conference hears that many smuggled packs of Jet and Hero cigarettes contain Coumarin, a fragrant organic chemical compound.

Son Ho

Mr. Vu Van Cuong, Chairman of the Vietnam Tobacco Association, told a conference on smuggling, transporting, and illegally trading cigarettes that large amounts of Coumarin, a fragrant organic chemical compound in the benzopyrone chemical class, has been found in smuggled cigarette packs bearing the Jet and Hero brand names. Coumarin can cause infertility and has a major effect on human health.

Criminals involved in smuggling cigarettes are aggressive, daring, and cover their tracks, he said. They even fight back when authorities pursue and arrest them.

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