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Illegal tobacco and tobacco products

Local intelligence shows us that several retailers and individuals in Sunderland are selling illegal tobacco.

How to spot illegal tobacco:

  • Non-plain packages - illegal tobacco products often don't have the standardised plain brown packaging required on compliant cigarettes to be supplied legally in the UK
  • Foreign language health warnings - illegal tobacco products often have the health warning in a foreign language
  • Lower prices compared to genuine/legal tobacco products - illegal tobacco products are often sold at a much lower price. A pack of 20 legal cigarettes is currently sold for approximately £12

You can find lots more information about illegal tobacco by visiting the Illegal tobacco - Keep It Out website.

If you are aware any illegal tobacco or tobacco products being sold in Sunderland, either by shops or individuals, please report it:

Report illegal tobacco sales

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