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"Regarding the recent cases, we have spoken to the company which carried out the test purchases and, once we have received all the evidence from them, we will carry out an investigation."

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And in 2012 raids on 33 retail premises in Brighton and Hove were raided in a two day crime blitz which saw large quantities of illicit tobacco seized.

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law enforcement agency said parasites, insect eggs, excrement and fungi have been found in seized counterfeit cigarettes and contain higher levels of tar and nicotine than genuine products.

HMRC Sussex spokesman Bob Gaiger said across the UK in the last two years nearly 3.6 billion illicit cigarettes and more than 1,000 tonnes of hand rolling tobacco have been seized, resulting in 432 prosecutions.

"We also carry out test purchases when we receive intelligence, and will seize examples of illicit tobacco. However, the quantities have always been small and we have dealt with offenders by way of warning letters, advice to the businesses and monitoring of premises.

Although we cannot reveal the names of the shops or individuals without compromising Trading Standards investigations, all ten products were found to have non English health warnings and were NUKDP.

"So a cheap smoke isn't victimless it undermines the efforts of legitimate traders and can cost us all dear."

It also established that funds generated through illegal tobacco sales have helped to finance Congolese rebels who recruit child soldiers and have been responsible for atrocities in the African state.

He added: "HMRC estimates that tobacco fraud costs the Government around 2 billion a year money that could be spent on public services.

But it is not just the Government, the taxpayer and the health of smokers which is bearing the brunt of the trade.

To maximise profits, illegal tobacco is sometimes produced with cheap equipment and material without regard for quality control.

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A spokeswoman from Brighton and Hove City Council said: "Trading standards officers from Brighton and Hove City Council regularly inspect premises in the city for illicit cigarettes.

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The Argus and Japan Tobacco International will any NUKDP purchases bought in city shops to hand Brighton and Hove Trading Standards so officials can launch their own investigation.

Industry experts have warned the illegal tobacco trade lures people into buying what seems like normal products at give away prices only to find the unregulated goods have been smuggled into the country by organised crime gangs.

Often the cheap cigarettes are made from the poorest and lowest quality ingredients in unregulated factories and have been found to contain toxins, rat droppings and dead insects.

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On a separate occasion in August last year, The Argus reported raids from Brighton and Hove Trading Standards, HMRC and Sussex Police took place on stall holders at Brighton Racecourse market.

Mark Yexley, media relations manager at Japan Tobacco International, said: "The impact of the illicit trade in tobacco on society is far reaching and members of the public, retailers, suppliers and the Government all have a role to play to combat the issue.

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UK in 2012 was NUKDP costing HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) more than 2 billion a year in lost revenue.

The United Nations Security Council's investigative body has found that millions of pounds in illicit tobacco revenues are reaching al Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorist organisations around the world.

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Over the coming weeks this newspaper, together with industry giant Japan Tobacco International, is spearheading the Don't Be Tempted campaign to warn both shopkeepers and smokers about the dangers of illegal tobacco products.

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Despite this, a spokeswoman from Brighton Trading Standards said there had been no convictions in recent years.

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Additional sanctions following a successful prosecution can include confiscation of products under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, prohibition on the sale of tobacco products for up to six months and the removal of lottery terminals.

NUKDP goods face criminal prosecutions with custodial sentences of up to seven years or fines of up to 5,000.

"Where there are issues that come under the remit of partner agencies, such as Customs and Excise, we have passed the information to them for them to consider action and for intelligence purposes.

Non UK duty paid tobacco (NUKDP) products are any goods that have not paid UK tax. They include cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco that is counterfeit, duty free or illicit white brands manufactured legitimately in one country but smuggled into another country to provide consumers with cheap alternatives.

The goods included three 20 packs of Benson and Hedges bought for 5.50 each, normally sold for about 9 each, a 50g pack of Golden Virginia for 9 as opposed to the standard 17 and a 20 pack of Palace Cigarettes which have not been produced since 2011 for just 3.50.

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More than 2,600 smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes and 50 kilos of tobacco were found valued at more than 70,000.

In total 11 stalls were either closed down or abandoned as officers seized 1,500 pouches of counterfeit tobacco worth 23,000.

"Criminals who deal in illegal tobacco will sell to all comers, including children. Japan Tobacco International fully supports any efforts to rid our streets of illegal tobacco and stop criminals infiltrating our communities."

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