Crackdown on illicit cigs

PEOPLE are being urged to play their part in keeping illegal tobacco off the streets.

Campaign group FRESH is set to launch Keep it Out which aims to encourage people to contact Crimestoppers if they know where any kind of illegal tobacco is being sold.

It is the latest campaign from the North of England Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health programme, which FRESH has led in the North East since 2009 and working with HMRC, police, trading standards and the NHS.

Ailsa Rutter, director of FRESH, said: “All tobacco is lethal but we’ve been keen to work with partners like HMRC to reduce the illegal tobacco market because of the impact that it has on children and young people with sellers targeting them and making it easier for them to start to smoke and get addicted.”

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