Help stop illegal tobacco sales
The crackdown on illegal tobacco continues and Norfolk County Council Trading Standards is urging people to be their eyes and ears in a battle against the criminals who sell cigarettes at ‘pocket money’ prices.
Since the campaign was launched in Norfolk two years ago nearly 1.5 million illegal cigarettes and 185 kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco have been seized with 11 traders successfully prosecuted for their crimes.
Sales of cheap, illegal tobacco can put young people at risk because they are likely to buy from criminals who also sell alcohol and drugs.
The illegal trade also undermines efforts to reduce smoking as it means tobacco is available at cheaper prices, which makes it easier for children to start smoking and get hooked at a young age.
Help us to keep this trade out of your community by telling us if you suspect that illegal tobacco is being sold under the counter or on a street near you.
Call the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline (anonymously if you wish) on 03454 04 05 06, use their online form at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer or call 101 (use 999 in an emergency).