Trade in illegal tobacco available at ‘pocket money prices’ is the target of a county-wide campaign.
The East Sussex Tobacco Partnership is launching the campaign to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco and target those involved in its supply.
Illegal tobacco is available in various places in the community including the workplace, private homes, pubs, markets, car boot sales and on the street. The distribution network is unregulated and tobacco is easily accessible to children and young people.
Work to protect young people is undermined by the wide availability and accessibility of illegal tobacco at pocket money prices. The illegal tobacco trade is not a victimless crime. Cheap, illegal tobacco makes it easier for our children to smoke and become addicted. I would urge anyone who is aware of where illegal tobacco is being sold to report this information. Reporting activity anonymously via Crimestoppers enables colleagues in Trading Standards to act on this intelligence, and contributes to improving the health of local people by disrupting trade.”