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Thousands of 'dangerous' cigarettes on sale in UK

A former shop owner has admitted selling "dangerous" cigarettes, in a landmark case brought by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

Shapoor Atiqi, 46, who ran Boston Food and Wine Centre, pleaded guilty to eight offences, including the sale of non self-extinguishing cigarettes.

Last year, this type of cigarette was linked with the death of a Spalding woman in a house fire.

Emma Milligan from Lincolnshire Trading Standards told BBC Breakfast: "People think they are getting a bargain, but not maybe understanding they're not regulated and there's no control in the way they're produced."

  • 16 May 2013