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Bogus butts torched

Bogus butts torched

More than two million counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes were burned, right, on May


Philip Morris International, Marlboro's parent company, became aware of the fake

cigarettes being produced in Phnom Penh in 2003 and filed a complaint with the Phnom

Penh Chief Prosecutor's office in October, 2005.

In the first enforcement action of its kind to protect intellectual property rights,

police raided the factory near the airport and seized the cigarettes which were destined

for the Thai market, and whose packets bear warnings of the hazards of smoking, above,

as required under Thai law.