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Some good news

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

HM Revenue and Customs recently published their latest report on the market share of illegal tobacco. The results are good news. Illegal cigarettes now make up an average of 10 per cent of the total number of cigarettes smoked in the UK, down from 13 per cent the previous year. And the size of the ...more

 

Flooding the streets with a deadly product

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

I have just read about the recent case of a North East man put behind bars for ‘flooding the streets of South Tyneside’ with illegal cigarettes. The man at the centre of the story was involved in an organised chain of criminal activity in which he provided storage for over 300,000 cigarettes and almost 90 ...more

 

Do we want our kids to be boozed up?

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

I’ve just been looking through lots of reports on cases of illegal tobacco being found and it’s amazing how many people involved are also selling cheap – and often counterfeit – booze. Do we want our kids to be encouraged to get drunk as the people selling cheap tobacco usually don’t care who their customers ...more

 

The lengths dealers will go to!

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

Just been reading about a couple of guys who threw away nearly £70,000 when they were spotted unloading boxes supposedly filled with flowers, but which actually contained illegal tobacco. They tossed the cash over a garden wall then told HMRC officers that it was nothing to do with them. When the ‘flower boxes’ were searched ...more

 

Dozens of calls to Crimestoppers – thanks and let’s have more

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

You might have heard our latest radio ads, seen beermats in pubs, read stories in your local papers etc asking people to call Crimestoppers if they’re worried about illegal tobacco being sold in their area. The good news is that dozens of people have called in recently and action is being taken to follow up ...more

 

It’s not the ice cream ‘good guys’ we need to worry about?

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

An ice cream vendor has strongly expressed the view that we’re giving her trade a bad name by highlighting that some ice cream vans have been found to sell illegal tobacco. The reality is that the great majority of vans are run by decent and honest people. But just like any other trade – whether ...more

 

Why foreign packs need a health warning

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011

All tobacco is bad for you, but there are hidden dangers with a lot of the illegal tobacco on offer. Many of the packs being sold after being smuggled in from overseas either don’t have any health warnings at all or the warnings are in foreign languages such as Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese and Danish. These ...more