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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

Illicit tobacco worth £12,000 seized in trading standards operation

North Yorkshire County Council (Press Release)

December 7, 2021, 5:35pm GMT

Four arrested following warrants

Humberside Police (Press Release) - Latest News

December 7, 2021, 4:41pm GMT

Illicit Tobacco Seizures

Flintshire County Council (Press Release)

December 7, 2021, 3:42pm GMT

Shop caught selling bogus cigarettes down chute

BBC - Manchester

December 7, 2021, 1:13pm GMT

Shop issued with Temporary Closure Order

Hartlepool Borough Council (Press Release)

December 7, 2021, 12:12pm GMT

Shop ‘used chute from flat above to sell illicit cigarettes’, council claims

Manchester World - News

December 7, 2021, 8:44am GMT

Scunthorpe shop owner fined £3,500 for selling illicit tobacco

North Lincolnshire Council (Press Release)

December 6, 2021, 4:12pm GMT

Huge cigs haul nosed out by Baccy dog Boo

Middlesbrough Council (Press Release)

December 6, 2021, 4:10pm GMT

Intercepting criminals at sea

College of Policing (Press Release)

December 6, 2021, 9:05am 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.