Illegal tobacco isn’t just about too many duty free cigarettes being brought back from holidays. It’s about the smuggled, bootlegged and counterfeit tobacco that funds crime across the country.
Foreign brands illegally brought into the UK
Known as ‘cheap whites’ which are cigarettes manufactured outside of Europe especially to be sold in Britain illegally
They might taste different and are often stronger than normal cigarettes
Brought into the UK in large quantities from countries with lower tax and illegally resold
Any cigarettes brought in from outside the UK should be for personal use only
Selling on duty free tobacco is illegal even if there’s no profit from the sales
Sold in fake packaging so they look like UK brands
There’s no quality control so some fake cigs don’t automatically extinguish like they should which is really dangerous.
You never know what you’re actually getting
Illegal tobacco is sold by dealers who often target children and teenagers who can’t buy tobacco from shops. These dealers are often connected to drug dealing and organised crime. So every time someone buys illegal tobacco they’re supporting criminals.
Dealers often work out of fag houses. Young people visit these houses where they may also be sold drugs and alcohol or put into potentially dangerous situations.
Illegal tobacco means children can get hold of cigarettes and become addicted from an early age. Smoking affects under 18′s bodies much more than adults as they are still developing. Research says that the younger someone starts smoking, the harder it is to give up.
The key to fighting illegal tobacco is in the local people who don’t want it in their area. If you have any information on illegal tobacco you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, it’s completely anonymous and you can call 24 hours a day.
The Filter Wales
14 – 18 City Road
029 2049 0621
RT @rowanevejones : irony is seeing an old guy smoking out of the window of an apartment above a funeral home