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Illegal tobacco and vapes seized in North Wales raids

Three raids were carried out at premises in Conwy County on November 23 targeting sellers of illicit tobacco and illegal vapes. 

Following a number of complaints, officers from Conwy Trading Standards, supported by officers from Operation Cece, Wagtail UK and Immigration Enforcement, have visited and inspected three premises, and seized a quantity of illicit products. 

The seized items represent a clear health risk to the general public, because it’s not clear what they actually contain.  The sale of these items also put other businesses who sell legitimate products at risk, because they lose business to these unscrupulous shops.

Trading Standards Wales said:  “Smoking kills over 5000 people in Wales every year and half of all long term smokers will die as a direct consequence of their habit. Illegal tobacco is cigarettes or rolling tobacco that has been smuggled and where no duty has been paid. 

“This means it can be sold for less than half the price of legitimate tobacco in the informal economy creating a significant problem in our communities.” It makes it much easier for children to access tobacco and vapes and acquire a lifelong addiction and it makes it much harder for existing smokers to quit.”

“The results of these raids demonstrate how effective joint operations can be. “Illegal tobacco is distributed and supplied through organised criminal networks – this is often linked to other criminal activity and brings crime into our local communities.”

Illegal tobacco harms communities like yours. If you know anything about dodgy cigs in your area we want to know. Report in confidence at NO IFS- NO BUTTS: https://noifs-nobutts.co.uk/