Pocket money prices for illegal tobacco

Swindon Advertiser: A haul of illegal tobacco collected during last week's raids A haul of illegal tobacco collected during last week's raids

LAST week’s drug raids across Swindon and Wiltshire show how far the illegal tobacco trade is part of organised crime, according to Smokefree South West.

A total of £15,000 worth of illegal tobacco was seized as part of Operation Harness carried out on Wednesday by the Police, Trading Standards and HMRC. Meanwhile 30,000 illegal cigarettes and 30 kilos of illegal hand rolled tobacco were found in one shop alone.

Smokefree South West, a public health body which works to cut smoking-related early death across the region, has been instrumental in bringing the various agencies together to combat the illegal tobacco trade. Through the Tobacco Action Plan, Smokefree South West has demonstrated the clear links between illegal tobacco and organised crime, working to break up criminal networks across the region.

Fiona Andrews, Director of Smokefree South West, said: “Illegal tobacco is a major issue and about much more than missed taxes.

“It’s often sold at pocket money prices – making it cheap and all too easy for our children to smoke and become addicted to tobacco.”

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1:28pm Mon 3 Feb 14

The Real Librarian says...

The usual cry of the failing control freak.

"Won't somebody think of the Children!"

Its not about the lost taxes, honest!
The usual cry of the failing control freak. "Won't somebody think of the Children!" Its not about the lost taxes, honest! The Real Librarian

2:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Completely agree with the above comment.

If people want to smoke - and that includes children - then they will smoke. The fact that a packet might cost them £4 or £8 has virtually nothing to do with it whatsoever.

The majority of 'illegal' cigarettes are simply bought on mainland Europe and brought back to sell here. The idea that they are any worse for people's health than the taxed ones is wholly ludicrous.

It's also rather hilarious to imply that young children know where to seek out those who sell 'illegal' cigarettes... especially when most of them are sold in licensed premises where only the over-18s are legally allowed in any case.
Completely agree with the above comment. If people want to smoke - and that includes children - then they will smoke. The fact that a packet might cost them £4 or £8 has virtually nothing to do with it whatsoever. The majority of 'illegal' cigarettes are simply bought on mainland Europe and brought back to sell here. The idea that they are any worse for people's health than the taxed ones is wholly ludicrous. It's also rather hilarious to imply that young children know where to seek out those who sell 'illegal' cigarettes... especially when most of them are sold in licensed premises where only the over-18s are legally allowed in any case. ChannelX

6:10pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Fox in Exile says...

And the control freaks want to bring in plain packages making the fake stuff even easier to sell.
By the way does anyone know where to buy tobacco at pocket money prices, I've never been offered any
And the control freaks want to bring in plain packages making the fake stuff even easier to sell. By the way does anyone know where to buy tobacco at pocket money prices, I've never been offered any Fox in Exile

8:46am Tue 4 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Fox in Exile wrote:
And the control freaks want to bring in plain packages making the fake stuff even easier to sell.
By the way does anyone know where to buy tobacco at pocket money prices, I've never been offered any
Try your local Working Mens Club.
[quote][p][bold]Fox in Exile[/bold] wrote: And the control freaks want to bring in plain packages making the fake stuff even easier to sell. By the way does anyone know where to buy tobacco at pocket money prices, I've never been offered any[/p][/quote]Try your local Working Mens Club. ChannelX

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