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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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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.