West Yorkshire Trading Standards has the responsibility for enforcing legislation in relation to underage sales of tobacco, along with the supply of cheap and illicit products.
Issues surrounding the supply and use of products are tackled in a number of ways, with emphasis being on prevention, intelligence gathering and enforcement, providing a multi-strand strategy.
In West Yorkshire, Trading Standards is involved in supporting four distinct elements of tobacco control, namely:
Cheap and Illicit Tobacco can usually be categorised into three types:
The supply/sale of illicit tobacco products comes with severe penalties, with those involved facing:
To report the sale of cheap and illicit tobacco including underage sales please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Cheap and Illicit Tobacco Education Sessions
Illegal tobacco products are being sold across West Yorkshire, making smoking more accessible to children and undermining smokers’ efforts to quit. The Cheap and Illicit Tobacco team are making it a priority to stamp this out, stopping money from vulnerable communities ending up in the pockets of organised criminal gangs.
Our Illicit Tobacco Education Officer is available to provide free information sessions to community groups, schools, colleges, front line workers and anybody with an interest in this subject. Sessions include details on what illicit tobacco is, who is selling it and where it is sold, and the problems it brings to society. General information is also provided on the health costs of smoking and the help available to quit. For more information or to book a session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To report illegal tobacco sales in confidence, please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline