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February 2015

Illegal cigarettes sold to children in Rotherham

From: Rotherham Advertiser

Published by: Phil Turner

HEALTH bosses have launched a campaign warning smokers about the dangers of fake fags  which can contain rat droppings and floor sweepings.

Shoppers were shown a reconstruction of the filthy living conditions where illegally trafficked people -including children – are forced into making the illicit cigarettes.

One in five Rotherham smokers have bought fake cigs in the past, with younger ones buying them because they can be half the price of proper brands.

Rotherham’s public health director Dr John Radford said: “These cheap cigarettes are extremely harmful to those who smoke them and our communities.