Nearly three out of every 10 cigarettes smoked in city illicit
ALMOST three out of every 10 cigarettes smoked in Derby is illicit, according to figures.
A study of discarded packs in the city, completed by Swiss company MSIntelligence, found 29.13% of cigarettes were either illegal or purchased outside the UK during the last three months of 2012.
This compared to 17.8% during the same period the previous year.
The study also revealed the level of non-duty-paid cigarettes increased nationally to 26.4% – the highest level recorded since the survey started in 2008 – putting Derby above the national average.
It was carried out by officials who collected and tested more than 12,000 packs from streets and easy-access bins in 105 cities.
Former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Will O'Reilly said: "Just as armed robberies of the 70s and 80s made way for the drugs trade and large-scale fraud in the 90s, a new crime of choice has emerged – which carries even less risk and even greater profits.
"The trade in illicit tobacco has become the primary source of revenue for some criminal gangs and terrorist groups."