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Town Hall ‘roadshow’ crackdown on illicit tobacco

Concerns counterfeit tobacco sellers often target children

14 July, 2017

THE Town Hall is taking to the streets to highlight the harm caused by the sale of illegal or cheap ­tobacco.

Islington Council will hold a “roadshow” in Tilloch Street, off Caledonian Road, next Wednesday, between 10am and 3pm to inform residents how they can report such activity.

Sniffer dogs will also be present to show how teams identify illegal tobacco, and where residents can report any concerns.

Counterfeit tobacco sales are a problem because sellers often target children, getting them hooked on smoking and damaging their health, the Town Hall said.

Many people find that cheap tobacco makes it more difficult to give up smoking and the trade is linked to organised crime.

Telltale signs of illegal tobacco include packets with foreign ­language health warnings, tobacco being much cheaper than normal cigarettes and sold in pubs, as well as unusual or foreign brand names.

People can report illegal tobacco anonymously to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06.

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