Posters highlight fake cigarettes

August 30, 2010 by  

Printing companies in Stoke-On-Trent have put their skills to use to print posters for Stoke-on-Trent City Council who have embarked on a campaign to try to deter local smokers from buying cheaper cigarettes that could prove to be counterfeit.

Counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes are fake imitations that often can prove even more dangerous to smokers than normal cigarettes. Especially hazardous to a smoker’s health, counterfeits can be include dangerous ingredients such as droppings from rats, cyanide or plastic which are obviously very toxic to human health. Doctors have said that fake cigarettes and tobacco can be responsible for even up to four times as many deaths as taking drugs.

Often it can be difficult to spot a counterfeit product because they will be packaged up to replicate the appearance of brands which are familiar to most people. However, suspicion should be aroused when such products are offered at knock down prices. The fear is that the lure of cheaper tobacco can encourage people to take up smoking or deter those who were planning to quit the habit. The sale of the products will also take away vital business from legitimate outlets that are licensed to sell such products.

Stoke-On-Trent City Council has now taken action to try and combat what they have seen as a dangerous increase in these fake goods being sold in the city’s entertainment venues as well as some local shops and markets around the area. Posters will raise awareness of the problem in the area by displaying them in shops around Stoke-On-Trent.