An old pack of Ashford cigarettes, with an English text warning at the bottom
|Owner||Philip Morris International|
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Christchurch company selling high-nicotine Ashfords
In May 2010, a Christchurch company selling cheap high-nicotine cigarettes faced a grilling before a government selected committee on smoking.
The business, based in Papanui offices, distributes two cigarette brands, Ashford and Easy, said to be big sellers in low socio-economic areas. The Press found 20-cigarette Easy packs being sold in Christchurch stores for as little as $7.70, and about $9 for the Ashford brand.
All convenience stores contacted by The Press stocked at least one of the brands.
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