Illegal tobacco seizure by Trading Standards

Published Thursday, 12 February 2015

Officers from Trading Standards in Bromley seized 5000 cigarettes from a shop in Orpington following a joint visit with the HMRC.

The tobacco products are suspected to be imported from Eastern Europe and have failed to comply with safety regulations requiring them to display health warning labels. The cigarettes have an estimated value of £1,750.  

Investigations are being conducted with the owners of the business.  

Cllr Tim Stevens, Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety said: “I welcome this action. It demonstrates our commitment to tackle illegal tobacco products. Availability of these illicit products not only encourages people to keep smoking, and young people to take up the habit, but it also undermines the local economy through tax evasion. I would urge anyone who knows of shops in the borough who sell these products to report them to Trading Standards.” 

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Notes to editor:

  • Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 controls the presentation and sale of tobacco products, including requiring the additional warnings on the back of tobacco packets to be in the form of coloured photographs 
  • For media enquiries, please contact Susie Clark in Corporate Communications, on 020 8461 7911 or email susie.clark@bromley.gov.uk