It might not seem a big deal – but it is bad news for our community
Kids: People who sell illegal tobacco don’t care if they sell to kids, getting them hooked on a lethal addiction that kills one in two lifetime smokers.
Crime: It brings crime into our neighbourhoods – fuelling human trafficking, the drugs trade and loan sharks.
If someone is offering cheap tobacco in shops, pubs and clubs, from private houses or on the street, there’s usually a reason. It isn’t duty free or a new brand. It’s smuggled or fake.
We work with trained tobacco detection dogs to sniff out illegal tobacco at premises across the city, often based on information provided by members of the public or other businesses.
Report illegal tobacco to us anonymously on via Keep It Out, where you can also find more information about illegal tobacco.