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ASH Wales: 'Investment needed to tackle illegal tobacco issue'

The findings suggest that a quarter of Welsh smokers buy illegal tobacco Credit: PA

The chief executive of ASH Wales says there needs to be more investment to tackle the rising amounts of illegal tobacco being sold in Wales.

A new campaign by the organisation shows that nearly half of all welsh smokers have been offered illegal tobacco.

It says Wales has one of the largest illegal tobacco markets, compared to regions in England.

It is shocking that Wales has such a large illegal tobacco market. There needs to be investment and a comprehensive strategy to tackle the issue.

The North East of England also had high sales of illegal tobacco but investment and a concerted campaign with several partners working together has brought the level down to 9% compared to 15% in 2009.

– Elen de Lacy, Chief Executive of ASH Wales

Half of smokers in Wales offered 'illegal tobacco'

Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Almost half of smokers in Wales have been offered illegal tobacco, according to research from campaign group ASH Wales.

A study into scale and extent of the illegal tobacco market in Wales found that 15 per cent of all tobacco sold here is illegal. The group says the findings suggest that a quarter of Welsh smokers buy illegal tobacco with almost 60 per cent of them buying at least once a month.

Wales has one of the largest illegal tobacco markets compared to each of the regions of England, the survey found.

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Parents 'overestimate alcohol consumption'

Underage drinking is 'in decline'. Credit: David Jones/PA

Parents in Wales are over-estimating the number of young people who drink alcohol.

According to new figures, from the Alcohol Education Trust, less than a quarter of 11 to 15 year olds think its okay to get drunk.

But parents here thought the figure was much higher.

Official figures show there's currently a downward trend in the number of young people trying and drinking alcohol

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