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Scam - Illegal Tobacco Alert

Are you aware of people selling illegal tobacco in the borough?

Are you aware of dealers selling to children and young people?

If so, Royal Greenwich Trading Standards needs your help!

Many dealers deliberately target children and vulnerable young people – around half of teenage smokers aged 14-17 will be offered illegal cigarettes each year – which means they’re more tempted to smoke and more likely to get hooked.

If you are aware of people selling tobacco illegally in the borough, Trading Standards can take action.

Cheap cigarettes make smoking more affordable for younger people, removing a barrier to taking up the habit.

If you are a retailer you may be losing business to competitors offering customers cheap tobacco.  Any suspicion can be reported anonymously and will be treated sensitively.


Report it anonymously by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or online at

For more information about illegal tobacco and its links to health and crime, see

Who to contact

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Royal Greenwich Trading Standards Rapid Response Team