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Illegal tobacco

Illegal tobacco is harming local communities across County Durham. It is not a victimless crime and it has serious consequences for health, crime and our communities.

What is illegal tobacco?

Illegal tobacco is tobacco that has been smuggled into the UK, 'bootlegged' (duty free) or counterfeit (fake). 

Illegal tobacco is common across our communities in the North of England, but it is not welcome on our streets. Research shows that 79% of the public would welcome a crackdown on illegal tobacco.

There are many reasons why this is an important issue:

  • Illegal tobacco makes it easier for children to smoke.
  • Illegal tobacco brings crime into the community.
  • Criminals are selling illegal tobacco while committing other crimes like drug dealing and money laundering.
  • Criminals are taking advantage of our community, targeting the young, poor and vulnerable.

Further information

If you're worried about the damage illegal tobacco is doing in your area, you can get more information by visiting the Keep It Out website.

If you'd like to share information and help stamp out illegal tobacco in your area, call the illegal tobacco hotline on 0300 999 0000.


Illegal Tobacco - Keep It Out

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  • Illegal Tobacco - Keep It Out
Contact us
Environment, Health and Consumer Protection
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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