A trading standards raid in Waddon last week seized 175,000 illegal cigarettes estimated to be worth more than £100,000. The discovery has prompted the council to issue an urgent health warning over sales of cheap tobacco, and the threat to youngsters lured by the offer of cut-price cigarettes.
Croydon Council has now issued a warning for locals not to buy cheap cigarettes or tobacco products, which may not meet with British or European product standards.
Contraband tobacco supplied to shops is often kept “under the counter”, and it is easier for young people to get hold of because it is generally cheaper than legal tobacco.
Shop customers can spot illegal cigarettes because the packets may not include the correct health warnings or are written in foreign languages.
Anyone prosecuted and convicted of being involved in selling or supplying illegal tobacco can face penalties including up to 10 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
If you suspect that tobacco is being sold illegally, the council asks that you report it to Citizens’ Advice on 03454 040506.
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