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They looked authentic, but my friends cigarettes certainly didn't smell right and tasted really terrible. I hope i persuaded him to ditch the carton; brought cheaply 'out the back'. Dread to think what crap was masquerading as tobacco. Bad enough with the real thing let alone some Chinese knockoff. Big business though is counter-fitting. Whisky is one such sector forced to take expensive counter measures...

"Diageo, the owner of whisky brands such as Johnnie Walker and J&B, uses a machine called the Authenticator, which was developed at a cost of £100,000 and is about the size and weight of a mid-1980s “brick” mobile phone. The tester injects a syringe-full of whisky into the Authenticator. After analysis with ultra-violent light, the machine spells out on its screen the name of a recognised brand or the word “fail”. "

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