Cheap illicit alcohol and cigarettes
Trading standards enforce legislation that deals with the sale of counterfeit and other supplies of cheap and illicit tobacco or alcohol.
There are many forms of cheap and illicit products. Of rising concern are foreign branded 'cheap white' cigarettes which are legally manufactured abroad, typically in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, and sold to traders who transport them to the UK, where they are sold illegally without paying taxes.
What could be wrong
- counterfeit cigarettes have been reported to contain contaminants such as sawdust and rats droppings
- counterfeit vodka and other alcoholic drinks have been found to contain chemicals which are known carcinogens
What makes these products particularly dangerous is that they are generally cheap and this tends to increase consumption. This increases the health risks associated with smoking and drinking excessively.
What to do
You can report any concerns about illegal sales by:
- calling or emailing Trading Standards
- by going to the Citizens Advice consumer advice website