Attempts to cut the amount people smoke are being hit by a black market trade in millions of illegal cigarettes, council bosses have warned.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said such products posed a fire risk, hurt legitimate businesses and cost the UK about £3bn a year in unpaid duty.
In some cases these cigarettes contained human excrement, dead flies and asbestos, the LGA added.
Councils have carried out a series of raids to target the illicit trade.
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