Great Britain has lost its great in order to become fake and even rip off Britain. The UK is not the only country seeing a surge in fake goods but that does not make the news any better.
Goods found to fail safety regulations in the UK were traditionally made elsewhere, often in China. While that is still the case sometimes, unscrupulous individuals in the UK would sell you anything in order to make money.
Take cigarettes. We have all read the health warnings and seen the anti-smoking advice but what if the cigs you are puffing on are not the real McCoy?
If you are still a smoker you must know the risks but what if the contents of your cigs are even worse for your health than expected?
There is a great deal of money to be made out of fake cigarettes. Smoking in the UK is an expensive hobby due to excessive taxes. They are much more expensive to buy in the UK than in other parts of Europe. A basic packet of fags could cost you almost £8 in the UK, a great deal of money.
If you are offered a cheap packet of fags can you trust that the contests are as claimed. Fake cigs have been tested and the contents are not a pretty sight. Wood shavings, swept up from a floor are popular. Testers also found small chunks of wood. In 2012 the Mail Online reported contents that included human excrement, asbestos, mold and dead flies.
Smoking cigs is bad for you but what about iinhaling the smoke from burning wood or asbestos? Counterfeit cigarettes often have a higher proportion of the cancer causing agents of normal cigarettes.
And there must surely be a negative impact on 'passive smokers' of this garbage?
You may say, my cigs are fine as I always buy them from the local shop, but think again. If a struggling shop owner is offered cheap cigs to sell will they always refuse them?
The best advice of course has to be kick the smoking habit. Smoking is costly and carries a range of health problems.
However if you are not prepared to do that take care where you buy your smokes. If the taste of your smoke is odd or suspect contact crimestoppers on the number shown above. As they say the sale of dodgy cigs:
Buying genuine goods in modern Fake Britain can be tricky but avoiding some sources is a good place to start.
The European Union wants to heavily regulate this new e cigarette industry but is it for the sake of health or more about who makes money out of this new way to smoke?
In the EU in 2016 e cigarettes will be covered by "a new tobacco directive despite the fact they do not contain tobacco."
Liquids used in vaping sometimes contain nicotine but not in all cases; it is the buyer's choice with 0mg levels of nicotine available.
Those who oppose vaping claim chemicals used when vaping are hazardous but the jury is still out on that one.
For many smokers desperate but unable to quit smoking vaping has to be a healthier alternative surely?
In the last half of 2015 the NHS announced "E-cigarettes '95% less harmful than smoking' says report." We note that they are not 100% less harmful.
But in March 2015 "E Cigarettes were banned in Scottish hospitals."
However this week the UK government decided to go for broke. "In a UK first, regulators have issued a licence for an electronic cigarette, thereby classing it a medicine and paving the way for its prescription on the National Health Service. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has approved the use of British American Tobacco’s e-cigarette e-Voke, in a move that enables doctors to prescribe the vaping device as a smoking cessation aid."
Before you say great look again at the manufacturer.
Licensing a product from the British American Tobacco industry has to smell slightly off.
So is it about good health and what is best for the British public or is it about allowing a company that may lose some revenue if people quit smoking to get a foothold in the new-age of vaping?
You tell me!
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