""These things originate in China and are made in factories that are subterranean cabins you access through a hole in the ground", said Paul Gerrard, deputy head of UK Customs enforcement.
Read Ciaran McGuigan's article for Sunday Life here.
Chinese counterfeits of brand-name cigarettes (that are already deadly) contained:
- five times as much cadmium as normal ones (which can also severely damage lungs and is linked with kidney disease);
- nearly six times as much lead (which damages the organs and nervous system)
- high levels of arsenic (which increases the risks of lung, liver and other cancers)
- 160% more tar;
- 80% more nicotine;
- 133% more carbon dioxide.
Read Suzanne Breen's article for the Sunday Tribune here.Made underground, these cigs surely can get you there too.