The business of counterfeit or fake cigarettes is huge; not only in India but worldwide. In some regions, there are more fakes than originals. The fake cigarette business operates underground and therefore, it is very difficult to predict the magnitude of the problem.
Ingredients of fake Cigarettes:
Not exactly tobacco but there are several other harmful ingredients contained in cigarettes. You can easily find sand, plastic and other materials. Fake cigarettes have been tested in laboratories, and it is observed that they contain far greater amounts of carbon monoxide, nicotine and tar (63%, 28%, 75% respectively) than original cigarettes which greatly increases the chances of cancer and other diseases for those who smoke them.