Warning Issued Over Illegal Tobacco Trade In Dorset
8:15am 4th July 2014
We're being warned over the sale and trade of illegal tobacco in Dorset.
Sold at pocket prices the authorities say the cheap stuff could encourage young children to smoke whilst funding criminal gangs in the process.
A campaign is now running in Dorset to raise awareness about illegal tobacco.
There are 60,000 fewer illegal tobacco smokers in the South West, since the campaign was launched in 2011.
Jane Burrows, trading standards lead for the Dorset Tobacco Control Alliance, said:
"Smoking rates in Weymouth, Bournemouth and Poole continue to be high in comparison to the rest of Dorset or the South West.
We believe there is a link between high smoking rates and the availability of illegal tobacco as it is often sold at a third of the price of legal duty paid tobacco. It can also be a big factor in recruiting young smokers as sellers of illegal tobacco are unlikely to care who they sell it to.
We urge any residents who have information about illegal tobacco to contact Crimestoppers in confidence, 0800 555111."
The south west campaign is part of the wider Tackling Illegal Tobacco Programme which draws together all local authorities in the South West with HMRC, trading standards, police forces, Scambusters, Crimestoppers, the NHS and other key partners to tackle this issue.
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