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Warning Issued About Counterfeit Goods

Monday June 9 2014




A WARNING has been issued to the public about buying counterfeit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol.

Barnsley Council has recently employed two enforcement officers to deal with counterfeit, bootlegged and niche tobacco products and illicit and counterfeit alcohol.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for development, environment and culture, said: "In a time when every penny counts, some smokers may be tempted to take up the offer of the man down the pub or in town selling cheap cigarettes or alcohol.

"Counterfeit cigarettes can seriously damage the health of people who smoke them. While fake cigarettes do contain tobacco, there are also several other ingredients in there too that you may not have bargained for.

"It's not uncommon to find sand, plastic and other toxic material such as arsenic and benzene."

Laboratory analysis of fake cigarettes has found 75 per cent more tar, 28 per cent more nicotine and about 63 per cent more carbon monoxide than those from legitimate manufacturers.

This could greatly increase the chances of cancer and other diseases for those who smoke them.

Dealers in counterfeit tobacco can be prosecuted with penalties of an unlimited fine or up to 10 years in prison. Sellers of illegal alcohol can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

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Reply Posted by king louis on Monday June 9 2014 at 15:01
tax it and it'll magically become safe... too many people bringing duty free tobacco and alcohol back to Barnsley?

Reply Posted by PAUL on Monday June 9 2014 at 15:05
counterfeit cigs can seriously damage your health ?

so don't genuine cigs damage your health ?

Reply Posted by Nic on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 20:09
The authorities are only concerned about the loss in duty/tax. Who'd blame someone for taking a risk on cheap goods, that haven't been burgled from someone's house or shop? Especially with the cost of fags/booze, massively inflated by tax.

Reply Posted by Nic on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 20:10
The authorities are only concerned about the loss in duty/tax. Who'd blame someone for taking a risk on cheap goods, that haven't been burgled from someone's house or shop? Especially with the cost of fags/booze, massively inflated by tax.

Reply Posted by Nic on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 20:10
The authorities are only concerned about the loss in duty/tax. Who'd blame someone for taking a risk on cheap goods, that haven't been burgled from someone's house or shop? Especially with the cost of fags/booze, massively inflated by tax.

Reply Posted by Nic on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 20:12
The authorities are only concerned about the loss in duty/tax. Who'd blame someone for taking a risk on cheap goods, that haven't been burgled from someone's house or shop? Especially with the cost of fags/booze, massively inflated by tax.

Reply Posted by Nic on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 20:12
The authorities are only concerned about the loss in duty/tax. Who'd blame someone for taking a risk on cheap goods, that haven't been burgled from someone's house or shop? Especially with the cost of fags/booze, massively inflated by tax.

Reply Posted by j on Wednesday June 11 2014 at 07:54
I bought some 'cheap' fags a couple of years ago - right bargain! Until I spent two weeks off work feeling like I was dying! Learned my lesson, big style!! Gave up with the help of an e-cig - none of my cash going to government coffers any more - best thing I ever did after smoking for 30+ years and wasn't hard either.

Reply Posted by Observer on Thursday June 12 2014 at 07:15
I agree with nic s comments. All 5 of them..lol. Seriously though.
She is right. If things such as this werent taxed to the hilt people wouldnt buy " inferior " goods. Its only same in clothes. Ppl buy fake at turkey. You can buy quality at its best in america. Why are we taxed to the back teeth?? This is one of the reasons some prefer not to work. Taxation

Reply Posted by Pru on Sunday June 15 2014 at 09:29
People need to stop moaning and take action,we should do a national strike. The only thing that's gonna wake these morons up,we're getting taxed to death and all we do is moan. Stand up and be counted,same with petrol I bet if everyone in ul went on strike till it was back down under a £1 a litre it would be sorted in a day.