Find out more about illegal tobacco and stopping smoking services this Friday
A haul of illegal tobacco found at Hoxton Supermarket earlier this year
The fight against illegal tobacco will hit Hackney’s streets on Friday 27 July as the London-wide illegal tobacco roadshow comes to the Narrow Way.
Illegal tobacco is untaxed, unregulated and available at pocket money prices, making it easier for children to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit.
Residents can find out more about illegal tobacco and why it’s a problem at the roadshow, which takes place from 10am-5pm, with the Fire Brigade and officers from the Council’s trading standards, public health and stop smoking services all present.
Tobacco sniffer dogs will also be showing off their skills in demonstrations throughout the day.
The sale of illegal tobacco is heavily linked with organised crime and harms businesses who are trading legally. We’re working hard to crack down on businesses selling illegal tobacco who will face action if they are caught.
Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy, and the Voluntary Sector
The sale of illegal tobacco has a huge impact on people’s health, making it easier for children to get hooked on tobacco and harder for people to quit. The roadshow is a great opportunity to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco, and for people to get advice on how to stop smoking.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor