Illegal tobacco in South West

Almost a third of smokers in Torbay admit buying illegal tobacco with one in five across the south west saying they've bought bootleg supplies.

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Smokers in Torbay admit to buying illegal tobacco

Seized money, cigarettes and tobacco Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Almost a third of smokers in Torbay admit they've bought illegal tobacco, the highest anywhere in the region.

The survey findings coincide with a new crackdown on bootleg tobacco which police say is often linked to organised crime and costs the exchequer almost two billion pounds in lost revenue each year.

Across the South West one in five smokers say they've bought illegal tobacco.

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