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Why should you care about illegal tobacco?

The illicit tobacco trade damages the livelihoods of honest retailers and communities alike and Imperial Tobacco does not and will not support any activities associated with the sale of illegal tobacco. If you Suspect It. Report It.

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Latest News

Luton shopkeeper carried on selling illicit tobacco while on bail

Luton Today - Business

January 18, 2022, 11:38am GMT

Sniffer dogs found illegal tobacco at Yardley shop

Birmingham World - News

January 14, 2022, 7:10am GMT

Walsall trader found with illegal tobacco haul fined £120

Express & Star

January 12, 2022, 10:38am GMT

Cat and Mouse game ends up in Court for trader selling illegal tobacco

Walsall Council (Press Release)

January 11, 2022, 5:28pm GMT

Children whose parents or caregivers smoke are four times as likely to take up smoking themselves

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (Press Release)

January 11, 2022, 1:00pm GMT

Licence application refused in Birmingham following tobacco find

Express & Star

January 11, 2022, 10:05am GMT

Man admits selling illegal cigarettes from mini mart

The Whitehaven News, Cumbria

January 10, 2022, 5:32pm GMT

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The sale of illicit tobacco is a global industry, with the impact on the UK being huge.

The UK Government estimates, since 2000, £47bn in tax revenue has been lost as a result of non UK duty paid cigarettes or tobacco being sold illegally across the UK. These sellers are experts; from on the streets to online, they offer cheap unregulated, counterfeit tobacco to anyone and everyone including children.

Most illicit tobacco sellers have links to other organised crime activities who look at selling cheap cigarettes as a lucrative revenue stream to other more unsavoury illegal ‘money grabbing’ activities which deeply damage our communities. Activities reported have included: people trafficking, modern day slavery and narcotics. There is a misconception that buying fake, “cheap” cigarettes is akin to a Robin Hood Crime, but it is not.

Contact your local trading standards office

You can report any suspected illicit trade activity anonymously to your local trading standards office or contact us directly 0800 0495992.