SMOKERS were warned about the dangers of counterfeit cigarettes at a special roadshow in Chelmsley Wood last Friday.
As part of a hard-hitting campaign, the authorities are hoping to warn people about the unpleasant substances which can find themselves into cheap fags.
Insects, floor sweepings and even mouse droppings are some of the things that have been detected in illegal tobacco.
Last week, Solihull NHS Care Trust and HM Revenue and Customs held a roadshow at the ASDA supermarket.
Denise Milnes, from Smokefree Solihull, said: “Buying cheap cigarettes from a man down the pub or from a car boot sale may seem like a great deal, but they are often made in unhygienic conditions and could contain animal droppings, floor sweepings and sawdust.
“People often say these cigarettes taste different, and this is the reason why.”
But Ms Milnes warned that some people were tempted to buy the knock-down fags, because they were cheaper than shop-bought tobacco.
She said the best option for smokers who are feeling the pinch is to give up altogether.
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