Warning on dangers of illegal tobacco

Swindon Advertiser: Warnings have been issued over the dangers of the illegal tobacco trade Warnings have been issued over the dangers of the illegal tobacco trade

PEOPLE in Swindon are being reminded about the dangers of illegal tobacco in the run-up to Christmas.

Swindon Council’s Trading Standards, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service and Swindon Stop Smoking Service are supporting the Smokefree South West Illegal Tobacco campaign, which is highlighting the serious consequences the trade has on health, crime, safety and communities.

The campaign’s clear message is that while illegal tobacco may appear to be a bargain especially at Christmas, it is not a victimless crime.

Coun Richard Hurley, cabinet member for public protection, housing and Streetsmart, said: “Illegal tobacco can cause serious damage to our neighbourhoods with criminals targeting vulnerable people who see it as a way of paying off debts by buying or smuggling cheap tobacco.

“People caught selling illegal tobacco face heavy fines or even jail and it is vitally important we raise awareness of this serious crime.”

As a result of intelligence sharing, joint agency enforcement operations over the last year have resulted in the seizure of supplies of illegal tobacco by the Police, Trading Standards and HMRC.

Cheap supplies can be cigarettes or hand rolled tobacco which are smuggled brands illegally brought into the UK, non-duty paid or counterfeit. Tell-tale signs are the cheap price, a foreign language on the packaging, unfamiliar brands, printing errors on the packs, no health warnings or an unusual taste.

The sale of illegal tobacco is a criminal offence. Anyone wishing to report the selling of illegal tobacco can do so online to Trading Standards at www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org. They cannot trace your call and will never ask for your name.

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12:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Sorry no sympathy for anyone who buys "bootleg" booze or fags. They all know the risks, so if they are happy to defraud the taxman and break the law, then they live, or not, with the consequences.
Sorry no sympathy for anyone who buys "bootleg" booze or fags. They all know the risks, so if they are happy to defraud the taxman and break the law, then they live, or not, with the consequences. house on the hill

1:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
Sorry no sympathy for anyone who buys "bootleg" booze or fags. They all know the risks, so if they are happy to defraud the taxman and break the law, then they live, or not, with the consequences.
Agreed, but the problem with that is that when they smoke something bad and end up in A&E it's the tax payer that funds their treatment. Double whammie!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sorry no sympathy for anyone who buys "bootleg" booze or fags. They all know the risks, so if they are happy to defraud the taxman and break the law, then they live, or not, with the consequences.[/p][/quote]Agreed, but the problem with that is that when they smoke something bad and end up in A&E it's the tax payer that funds their treatment. Double whammie! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

11:47pm Thu 12 Dec 13

barlizard says...

I've seen people coming out of Manchester road immigrant shops and selling it to passers by!
I've seen people coming out of Manchester road immigrant shops and selling it to passers by! barlizard

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