It’s shockingly easy to buy counterfeit cigarettes in Glasgow, Scotland, reputed to be the UK capital of fake smokes. Small-time operators backed by organized crime conduct the bulk of sales.
Unregulated illicit products were shown to contain 30 times the normal level of lead, high levels of arsenic, rat droppings, sawdust, dead flies and even human feces.
“The danger here is that people will be convinced they are buying a genuine brand at a knock-down price. This is a very good standard of fakery, which points to a sophisticated operation.”
The Daily Record (Glasgow)