Illegal tobacco

What is illegal tobacco?

People often assume the cheap tobacco sold locally is duty free – but in fact, illegal tobacco comes in many different forms:

All tobacco products are harmful. Whether they are bought legitimately from a retailer or illegally on the black market, all tobacco products contain over 5,000 chemicals, at least 60 of which are known to cause cancer.

Illegal tobacco products are cigarettes, hand-rolling tobacco or products like beedis / bidis and sheesha / shisha that have been smuggled, bootlegged or are counterfeit.

What is illegal tobacco?

  • Illicit whites – brands which have no legal market in the UK, often from Eastern Europe.
  • Non-UK duty paid – genuine UK brands brought into the country and sold without duty being paid
  • Counterfeit – illegally manufactured and made to look like recognised brands

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