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Poole second worst town for use of black market cigarettes
11:00am Monday 11th March 2013 in News
POOLE is the second worst town or city in the country for consumption of black market cigarettes, a survey has shown.
In just a year, rates of bootlegged, smuggled or counterfeit cigarettes smoked in the town rose from 15.7 per cent to 50.83 per cent, according to the latest MS Intelligence survey.
Bournemouth’s rate of “non-domestic” cigarettes is also higher than the national average, at nearly 28 per cent.
The figures are arrived at by counting thousands of empty cigarette packs discarded in streets and bins in 105 towns and cities with a population of more than 100,000. The scale of the problem represents a loss of billions of pounds to the Treasury.
Former Scotland Yard detective Will O’Reilly, who has been conducting research into the illicit cigarette trade, warned: “The trade in illicit tobacco has become the primary source of revenue for some criminal gangs and terrorist group.”