Smokers warned of dangers of black market tobacco

Published Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Cllr David Roche with illegal cigarettes
Cllr Roche demonstrating one of the black market cigarette brands which were seized

Rotherham Council is warning people of the dangers of smoking black market cigarettes following a crackdown in Rotherham.

Council enforcement officers, in conjunction with other partners including South Yorkshire Police, Border Control, Immigration and sniffer dog specialists, Wagtail, recently executed a number of warrants in the town.
 
Officers visited various premises, which had previously been reported to be selling illicit cigarettes and rolling tobacco.
 
Among the items seized were packets of the Russian made “Jin Ling” cigarettes - which cannot be legally sold anywhere in the UK. 
 
Previous testing of this product has found the cigarettes are dangerous because they do not go out when they are not actively being smoked and continue to burn.
 
Fake versions of rolling tobacco were also found hidden at one of the premises.
 
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr David Roche, urged Rotherham residents to be on their guard against buying suspect cigarettes or tobacco.
 
“These illicit cigarettes typically retail for between £3 and £4,” said Cllr Roche. “If you become aware of any premises that are selling suspect brands such as Jin Ling, we would urge you to contact the authorities.
 
“Smokers who buy either brands such as Jin Ling, Pect or Minsk, or counterfeit brands, could be putting themselves at serious risk from these dangerous items.”
 
Anyone wishing to report concerns about counterfeit or suspect tobacco can do so through the Citizen's Advice Consumer Service.

Contact the Citizen's Advice Consumer Service