A TEST to detect counterfeit Cuban cigars has been developed by scientists at Canada Customs where fakes are smuggled in by the thousands by Canadian tourists travelling to Cuba.

The test detects the unique chemical structure found in tobacco leaves grown and processed in Cuba and are compared to counterfeits that do not have the same chemical signature.

Last year, more than 1,400 boxes of fraudulently produced cigars were brought into Canada illegally, confiscated and were sent to customs labs to determine their authenticity ...

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