City stores sell fake cigarettes

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SOME shops in Oxford have been found to be selling illegal cigarettes in an undercover operation.

Ten vendors offered to sell fake fags when asked if they had any cheap ones.

Former Metrpolitan Police Service murder detective Will O’Reilly, who was hired by a cigarette manufacturer to lead the inquiry, said most of the shops were in the East Oxford area.

He said the illicit cigarettes were pushed by organised crime gangs and have sometimes been found to contain ingredients like flies and rat droppings.

He said: “Illicit tobacco products are readily available up and down the UK. The trade has become a primary source of revenue for criminal gangs.”

The former cop has been conducting research on behalf of tobacco firm Philip Morris International since 2011.

The team came to Oxford in May last year after work in 12 other cities.

Mr O’Reilly said all findings have been passed on Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards team.

The scale of the problem is also said to be rapidly increasing.

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2:38pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Inkpot says...

WHY ??? are these shops not being named and shamed, so that other unsuspecting customers are able to avoid being ripped-off by these unscrupulous b******s.
WHY ??? are these shops not being named and shamed, so that other unsuspecting customers are able to avoid being ripped-off by these unscrupulous b******s. Inkpot
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11:21pm Sat 15 Mar 14

LetsBeRational says...

the rights and wrongs of it aside, if you go in and ask for 'cheap ones', I'm sure you know you are not getting legit products. Calling the customers unsuspecting and being ripped off is wrong. they know what they are asking for so take the risks that come with it.

And what caring, loving organisation is conducting the research? The tobacco companies. To suggest they are concerned about people's health is laughable. They are concerned about their profits. If they were concerned about customers' health they wouldn't fight every bit of legislation to help prevent kids from buying cigarettes, and wouldn't sell the cancerous product in the first place.
the rights and wrongs of it aside, if you go in and ask for 'cheap ones', I'm sure you know you are not getting legit products. Calling the customers unsuspecting and being ripped off is wrong. they know what they are asking for so take the risks that come with it. And what caring, loving organisation is conducting the research? The tobacco companies. To suggest they are concerned about people's health is laughable. They are concerned about their profits. If they were concerned about customers' health they wouldn't fight every bit of legislation to help prevent kids from buying cigarettes, and wouldn't sell the cancerous product in the first place. LetsBeRational
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5:59pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Inkpot wrote:
WHY ??? are these shops not being named and shamed, so that other unsuspecting customers are able to avoid being ripped-off by these unscrupulous b******s.
As Lets be says the tobacco companies are spreading black propaganda because, understandably, someone who's already paying our malevolent state 32% of a modest wage in the double tax of NI and income tax feels a bit angry when the state then rips him off for five and a half quid on a packet of Lambert and Butler (they're £2 in Tenerife). So there's absolutely no need to put rats, or marrow bones, or human organs, in the fags for them to be a sensible price. You just bring them into the country from somewhere where sanity prevails, not the enormous tax- theft- hole that Britain has become. Where Lets be is wrong is that even if the 11 people who still smoke in rip off Britain always sourced their fags from the state taxed market there'd be no profit in UK sales; the profits are made in Africa and Asia.
[quote][p][bold]Inkpot[/bold] wrote: WHY ??? are these shops not being named and shamed, so that other unsuspecting customers are able to avoid being ripped-off by these unscrupulous b******s.[/p][/quote]As Lets be says the tobacco companies are spreading black propaganda because, understandably, someone who's already paying our malevolent state 32% of a modest wage in the double tax of NI and income tax feels a bit angry when the state then rips him off for five and a half quid on a packet of Lambert and Butler (they're £2 in Tenerife). So there's absolutely no need to put rats, or marrow bones, or human organs, in the fags for them to be a sensible price. You just bring them into the country from somewhere where sanity prevails, not the enormous tax- theft- hole that Britain has become. Where Lets be is wrong is that even if the 11 people who still smoke in rip off Britain always sourced their fags from the state taxed market there'd be no profit in UK sales; the profits are made in Africa and Asia. Lord Palmerstone
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