Warning to smokers over buying illegal cigarettes

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Smokers are being warned about the increased fire as well as health risks of buying cheap illicit cigarettes.

Derbyshire County Council found that all the illicit tobacco products seized in recent raids were missing vital safety features which help to prevent house fires.

Since 2011 all cigarettes sold in the UK should by law be manufactured with narrow bands of fire retardant paper, called ‘speed bumps’, which greatly reduce the risk of them continuing to burn if they are left unattended, such as when they are dropped or a smoker falls asleep.

 

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