Concern Over Sale of Illegal Tobacco in West Dorset
8:17am 25th February 2013
Almost two in ten Dorset smokers use illegal tobacco, according to a new campaign being launched today (Monday 25th February).
Illegal tobacco is smuggled into the country to evade taxes and is sold at very cheap prices to local communities.
The Smokefree South West campaign, backed by numerous law enforcement groups, hopes to tackle the illegal selling of tobacco, particularly to children.
Some of the groups include Crimestoppers, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and Trading Standards.
It's thought the trade in the South West is worth £211,000,000.
South West spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs, Bob Gaiger said: "These criminals smuggle tobacco and cigarettes illegally into the country. Some of these will be counterfeit and will have been manufactured in completely unregulated environments to be sold at knock-down prices. "
"They do not care about the impact on local businesses, your neighbourhood or your children's lives, targeting anyone and anywhere they can make money."
People in Dorset will be given the chance to learn about the dangers of illegal tobacco next month.
If you would like to support the campaign or would like more information about illegal tobacco click here.