Extinguish the dangers of illegal tobacco at a roadshow near you!

Hounslow Council will be highlighting the danger of illegal tobacco in a series of special public road show events across the borough in February and March.

Published: Monday, 20th February 2017

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Hounslow Council will be highlighting the danger of illegal tobacco in a series of special public road show events across the borough in February and March.

The Council’s trading standards team will be holding four events to help smokers and non-smokers spot the tell-tale signs of non-regulated cigarettes, as well as highlighting how harmful counterfeit tobacco products can be.

Along with the team will be trained sniffer dogs with their handlers, supplied by BWY Canine unit. They will talk about how the dogs are used to sniff out stashes and catch businesses who sell illegal (also known as illicit) tobacco.

These include tobacco products that cannot be legally sold in the UK, cigarettes where no tax/duty has been paid as well as foreign and counterfeit cigarettes.

The trading standards team will also be taking the message about illegal tobacco to local schools and colleges including at West Thames College and Feltham Skills Centre, over the next month.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to come along to the following free roadshows to find out more:

  • Thursday 2 March, 10am-4pm, Trinity Church, High Street, Hounslow, TW3 1HG
  • Friday 3 March, 10am-4pm, Bulls Bridge Tesco, Hayes Road, UB2 5NB

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “A lot of work is done by our trading standards team to make the borough safer - illegal tobacco is just one element of their work but arguably one of the most important.

“We can only win the fight against unscrupulous smugglers and irresponsible businesses with help from our residents. Come along to the events and help us end this potentially fatal trend, and to raise awareness of the dangers counterfeit tobacco poses to our community.”

To report illegal or illicit tobacco please contact the trading standards team