Trading Standards Officers in Plymouth seized a haul of illegal tobacco as part of their work to disrupt its supply across the City.
The officers, employed by Plymouth City Council, executed a warrant at a house in Whitleigh and seized over 130 pouches hand rolling tobacco. It is believed that the tobacco which was smuggled was being sold for £9.50. The legitimate price is around £13.50.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are working hard to make Plymouth a healthier city and ensure everyone lives long healthy lives. All tobacco poses a health risk, but as illegal tobacco is sold at cheaper prices it makes it easier for people to carry on smoking.
“Stamping out illegal tobacco would help reduce smoking amongst adults and children leading to an improvement in people’s health and wellbeing. We also want a safe city for everyone to live in, the illegal tobacco trade is linked to other forms of criminality bringing crime into the community.
“Smoking is one of the 4 lifestyle choices, along with excessive drinking, inactivity and poor diet that together lead to 4 chronic illnesses that contribute to 54% of the preventable deaths in Plymouth.
“If you live in Plymouth and want help to give up smoking, you can call the Livewell Stop Smoking Service on 01752 314040 or sign up to quit for Stoptober.”
More information on illegal tobacco click here: http://www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk/
Don’t forget you can also sign up for Stoptober here: www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober