Town Team reveals a busy year working to prevent the sale of illegal tobacco.
Ilfracombe Town Team has been highlighting its work over the past year to crack down on the sale of illegal tobacco in the town.
As part of the One Ilfracombe initiative, surveys were carried out and intelligence was gathered, which led to Jackson’s Shoe Repairs being prosecuted for selling illegal tobacco.
Efforts also included a targeted advertising campaign supported by town centre businesses along with speaking to people on the High Street, especially on National Non Smoking Day.
The town council, police, Trading Standards and Smoke Free South West have worked together in the campaign.
“We encourage residents to be aware of the problems that illegal tobacco can cause within communities and to report any information about this activity to the authorities,” said Steve Seatherton, One Ilfracombe Town Team manager.
“The work we have done has helped increase the awareness of illegal tobacco in Ilfracombe, particularly with licensees and businesses in the town centre. This is just one of many new initiatives the Town Team will be focussing on in the coming months around the town.”
County Councillor Andrea Davis, DCC cabinet member for public health, added: “Despite the illegal tobacco market in the UK having halved in the last decade, one in 20 smokers in Devon still smoke illegal tobacco.
“Illegal tobacco is often bought at ‘pocket money prices’, making it cheap and all too easy for our children to smoke and become addicted. Selling at less than half the tax-paid price of legally sold tobacco it also allows those who could otherwise not afford to smoke, to maintain their habit and undermining their attempts to quit.”
The sale of illegal tobacco is a criminal offence. Anyone wishing to report the selling of illegal tobacco can report anonymously online to Trading Standards at www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.