Fake cigs missing fire safety feature

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Cheap illicit cigarettes seized during raids by tranding standards officers were missing a vital safety feature.

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.

Following laboratory carried out tests on 18 samples collected from nine rogue Derbyshire shops only one of the samples contained the bumps.

Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Ellie Wilcox, said: “The fire risks of fake tobacco are all the more reason for people not to smoke. If they choose to they should buy from a legitimate local shop.”