Illicit whites – the cheap cigarettes with insect eggs


Luke Byrne

They are known as “illicit whites” – cigarette brands that can only be bought on the black market.


Studies have found that the illicit cigarettes contain more carcinogenic properties than regular ones.

Insect eggs and even human faeces have been discovered in some of the illicit white tobacco products. The American-based Centre for Public Integrity was one organisation that looked into the problem.

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