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Trading standards seize illegal cigarettes, vapes and tobacco

Published: 20 June 2024

Thousands of illegal cigarettes, hand-rolling tobacco and vapes with a retail value totalling more than £255,000 have been seized in 2 trading standards operations in the past fortnight in Derbyshire.

Cigarettes, vapes and tobacco seized in South Derbyshire

In one operation our trading standards seized more than 363,000 cigarettes (18,150 packets) and 20kg (400 packs) of hand-rolling tobacco from a premises in South Derbyshire.

The seizure, one of the biggest for the team in recent years, equates to an illegal market value of £115,000, which is the money organised criminals who sell illegal tobacco could have made, and a high street value of approximately £250,000.

This closely followed an operation which saw the trading standards team, working with Derbyshire Police, seize more than 1,000 illegal cigarettes, 1.25kg of illegal hand-rolling tobacco and more than 280 vapes from a premises in Erewash, with an approximate value of around £6,000.

Investigations are ongoing following both the operations, which could lead to subsequent prosecutions. 

Executive Director for Place Chris Henning said:

“We are continually working across the county to tackle the supply of illegal tobacco and vapes, acting on information from many different sources, including from members of the public, partner agencies and other enforcement bodies.

“The latest seizures enforced by trading standards show that the supply of illegal products is not tolerated in Derbyshire and action will be taken against those who continually flout the law.

“While compliant vapes are substantially less harmful than smoking, illegal ones can pose health risks as the nicotine content can be far higher than is allowed. It is also acknowledged that the selling of cheap illegal tobacco can undermine efforts to help people stop smoking and can be a cheap source for children to start smoking.

“Any sale of illegal products also undermines legitimate traders who are trying to make a living and takes vital revenue away from our public services.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or illegal vapes should call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service tel: 0808 223 1133 or Crimestoppers tel: 0800 555111.