Illegal cigarettes confiscated from shops in Worthing and Littlehampton

Around £8,500 worth of illegal cigarettes, tobacco and shisha tobacco were seized in a series of raids.

West Sussex Council’s trading standards team has seized over 6000 illegal cigarettes from four shops in Worthing and Littlehampton.

8.4 kg of rolling tobacco and 64 bags of water pipe tobacco were also discovered during the raids.

The operations are conducted between the National Trading Standards and HMRC to combat the illicit tobacco trade.

Tobacco detection dogs from BWY Canine Ltd detected products on premises or in vehicles during the raids.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue said: “As always, the partnership between our colleagues from Trading Standards and BWY Canine Ltd shows just how widespread illegal cigarettes and tobacco are in West Sussex.

“We encourage anyone who suspects a facility is selling this type of product to report it to trading standards as soon as possible.

“However, this is not just a concern of law enforcement agencies.

“Our health care colleagues also see the impact that illicit smoking products are having on people of all ages in the county, as the availability and typically lower price of illicit tobacco means it is easier to continue smoking, relapse, or even starting to smoke, which we all know is bad for our health.

“If anyone in West Sussex wants to quit through Stoptober but doesn’t know where to start there is free help and support available on the West Sussex Wellbeing website which has lots of information including how to stop smoking locally quits services, first steps to prepare to quit smoking and information on products that can support you on your quit smoking journey.” Illegal cigarettes confiscated from shops in Worthing and Littlehampton

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