China’s fake cigarettes are fueling a multibillion-dollar industry worldwide. Factories are often hidden deep in the mountains or underground to disguise the tobacco smell. Fake cigarettes from China will do more harm to your health than regular brands. These fake factories are producing 400 billion cigarettes per year—a pack of Marlboros costs .20 cents to make, and in the United States, could easily fetch 20 times that amount.

They contain higher levels of dangerous chemicals, 80 percent more nicotine, and 130 percent more carbon monoxide, and also contain impurities that include insect eggs and human feces, according to Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, (OCCRP.)

And it’s not just cigarettes, as 80 percent of the world’s counterfeit products are made in China. The market is enormous, worth almost half a trillion dollars every year.

Watch Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro spoke on Nov. 24 to “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” on Fox News.

With the holiday season upon us, Navarro warns consumers to be wary when buying products online.

 

A man browses an iPhone unit on display at a section selling Apple’s products together with Chinese made electric appliances at a hypermarket in Beijing, on May 9, 2019. (Andy Wong/AP Photo)

Around 90 percent of Apple products bought online, unless they are coming directly from Apple, are counterfeit, said Navarro.

He recommends that viewers go only to trusted websites to buy your products.

“This stuff’s really dangerous, prescription drugs—people who are really desperate enough to buy these things online, there’s a high percentage chance that you can really harm yourself, maybe even die.,” said Navarro.

A deadly form of fentanyl made in China is often found in fake prescription opioids. “Prince, the rockstar, died from that,” said Navarro.

More than 80 cancer patients have died as a result of counterfeit cancer treatments that contained fake ingredients.

Last April, L.A. police seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics from China. Samples tested positive for feces and bacteria.

 

 

Between 2017 and 2018, Customs and Border Protection seized over $31 million in fake perfumes from China.
One of the brands coming in was a fake for Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics. Kim Kardashian West, Jenner’s sister, took to Twitter to respond to the raid, “Counterfeit Kylie lip kits seized in LAPD raid test positive for feces. SO GROSS! Never buy counterfeit products!”

 

 

President Trump began addressing the problem of contraband products entering the country when, on April 3, he signed a Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) then instigated Operation Mega Flex. Thousands of additional packages from countries with a high counterfeiting risk, such as Cambodia, China, and Singapore, are inspected.

Mega Flex conducted four operations between July 16 and Oct. 23, and discovered 1,000 parcels containing counterfeit goods, more than 170 packages containing illicit drugs (including deadly fentanyl or its opioid analogs), three pill presses used to process illegal drugs, and 13 separate packages with unauthorized gun-modification parts, reports Fox News.

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing a report for President Trump, with recommendations on how to stem the flow of illicit drugs and counterfeit goods into the country.

CBP is working with the president to enable America to become a much safer place for consumers.

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