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Wirral trading standards launch clampdown on illicit tobacco
1:15pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A CLAMPDOWN on the sale of illicit tobacco is being launched in Wirral.
Trading standards officers will be at Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead next Saturday, September 7, displaying tobacco seized in the borough as well as distributing information about the national “Keep It Out” campaign.
Councillor Brian Kenny, cabinet member for environment, said: “Illegal or illicit tobacco are terms used to describe many different forms of products which are often difficult to identify; events such as this will help the public cut through the confusion.”
The three main types illicit tobacco are:
Smuggled: Foreign brands illegally brought into the UK. These often include “cheap whites” - cigarettes manufactured outside the EU especially for the UK’s illegal tobacco market.
Bootlegged: (Duty Free): Foreign products brought into the UK often in illegal quantities and resold without duty being paid on them.
Counterfeit: Cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco sold in fake packaging so they look like UK brands. These are often low quality and can contain saw dust, rat droppings or even plastic.
Anyone with information regarding sales of illicit tobacco should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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