Police target illegal cigarette trade

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull’s illegal cigarette trade is being targeted in a bid to get more people to kick the habit.

The city has one of the highest rates of adult smokers in England, with new statistics showing that around 75,000 over-16s smoke.

Hull City Council’s latest initiative will focus on traders who sell tobacco products illegally. Officials hope this will not only assist its campaign to foster a new “smoke-free generation”, but also force up cigarette prices.

The local authority plans to lower the amount of unlawful cigarettes on sale by using intelligence to single out illegal tobacco sellers trading in housing estate pubs and in their homes.

Councillors have been informed that tobacco and cigarette seizures are becoming harder to pull off, despite large quantities being confiscated in the 468 raids carried out since 2011.

Backstreet traders and smugglers are finding fresh methods to hide their haul, officials have said.

The authority will also be offering free nicotine-replacement therapies such as patches and gum to people who are committed to giving up.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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  • David Hannant

    plain packets on cigs…. what would you rather have as a smoker, a plain packet or a packet with a ghastly picture of some ones lungs on the front !!!!!!!!

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