21 Mar '11, 3pm

Seized: Illegal cigs that look like the real thing: With health warnings, pictures of miscarried foetuses and or...

Seized: Illegal cigs that look like the real thing: With health warnings, pictures of miscarried foetuses and or...

The Moon Mountain brand of cigarettes is illegal in Singapore. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CUSTOMS THE Moon Mountain brand of cigarettes might not be familiar to smokers here, but the packaging will surely be. With health warnings, pictures of miscarried foetuses and oral-cancer sufferers - even the quit-smoking hotline number prominently displayed - it looks like any pack of cigarettes should. But the new brand is actually illegal here - brought in by syndicates that have upped their game by disguising their illegal goods. On March 11, Singapore Customs officers seized 16,500 packs in the first such haul. Typically, contraband cigarettes ape legal brands from names to packaging - but never included health warnings and cautionary pictures, a requirement in Singapore. With Moon Mountain, smugglers have included them. Not only that, they seem to have created their own brand. Read th...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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  1. 21 Mar '11, 3pm

    Wow, cigarette smugglers have created their own 'Moon' brand

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