Jin Ling

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Jin Ling
Jin ling cigarette pack.jpg
Product type Cigarette
Produced by Baltic Tobacco Company
Introduced 1997

Jin Ling is a Russian brand of cigarettes produced by Kaliningrad-based manufacturer Baltic Tobacco Company (Russian: Балтийская табачная фабрика, BTC). The name is derived from Jinling, the older name of Nanjing, where the brand was originally developed by the Chinese state-owned Nanjing Tobacco Factory.[1] After the brand died out, Baltic Tobacco Company re-introduced it in 1997.[1]

The packet design resembles the American brand Camel in colour, typeface and layout,[2] but instead of a camel, it features a wild sheep. Jin Ling cigarettes are only sold illegally and the brand is the first to be designed explicitly for smuggling.[3] It has been reported by customs officials as the "most seized" brand in Europe;[1] in 2007, 258 million Jin Ling cigarettes were seized by authorities in EU countries.[4]

In 2011 it was reported in the UK's Daily Mail newspaper that tests on Jin Ling cigarettes had found them to contain trace amounts of industrial chemicals and faeces.[5]

In April 2014 the cigarette was linked to a house fire in Spalding in which a 71-year-old woman, June Buffham, had died. Emma Milligan, a Trading Standards Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Jin Ling cigarettes are so dangerous because they don't go out when not actively being smoked, potentially causing a horrendous house fire, like the case here."[6]


  1. ^ a b c Shleynov, Roman; Candea, Stefan; Campbell, Duncan; Lavrov, Vlad (19 October 2008). "Made To Be Smuggled: Russian Contraband Cigarettes 'Flooding' EU". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Steele, Jo (7 December 2009). "Children smoke asbestos ciggies". Metro. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Gross, Terry (21 July 2009). "Tobacco Fuels Addiction, And Terrorism". NPR. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Duncan; Candea, Stefan (20 October 2008). "Waves of smuggled Russian cigarettes flood Europe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bootleg Cigarettes contain asbestos trading standards chief warns". Daily Mail. London. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Family's plea over illegal cigarette death - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.