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Why should you care about illegal tobacco?

Anti-illicit trade (AIT) 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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Shop linked to illegal cigarettes and tobacco ordered to close

Durham County Council (Press Release)

September 17, 2021, 4:11pm GMT

Shop ordered by court to close for three months over bootleg cigarette sales

Sunderland Echo - Crime

September 17, 2021, 4:01pm GMT

Illegal Cigarettes Seized in Trading Standards Crackdown

Suffolk County Council (Press Release)

September 17, 2021, 2:11pm GMT

Over 62,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Erith

Bexley Council

September 17, 2021, 1:29pm GMT

Watchdog found hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of knock-off cigarettes in raid

London News Online - News

September 17, 2021, 1:15pm GMT

Service plans set out Council's commitment to safety and wellbeing

West Northamptonshire Council (Press Release)

September 17, 2021, 1:08pm GMT

Smoke on the water

Private Eye

September 17, 2021, 7:52am GMT

Illegal tobacco with estimated value of £10k seized in city operation

Worcester Observer

September 14, 2021, 4:12pm GMT

Smoke Screen: BAT, bribes and spies in the tobacco industry

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

September 14, 2021, 8:32am GMT

All News Articles

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.