Illegal Tobacco

Trading Standards works hard to keep our community safe.

One of our priorities is to prevent the sale and supply of illegal tobacco in Darlington.

How to Report it

If you have any information about illegal tobacco sales in Darlington, report it to Trading Standards at tradingstandards@darlington.gov.uk, visit the Keep it Out [external link] website or ring the illegal tobacco hotline 0300 9990000.

What is Illegal Tobacco?

Counterfeit

These products, which are produced and supplied illegally, are copies of well known brands.

Non-Duty Paid

These are genuine, legally manufactured products that have been smuggled into the UK, no duty having been paid, to be supplied illegally.

Cheap Whites/Illegal Whites

These carry brand names that are not recognised brands normally found on general sale in the UK. No duty will have been paid and they have no legal market in the UK.

Why is Illegal Tobacco a Problem?

Is is vitally important to stop the illegal tobacco trade because it is linked to organised criminal activity.

Illegal tobacco sabotages efforts to reduce smoking and is often available at cheaper prices, undermining the effectiveness of taxation and making it harder for smokers to quit and easier for ex-smokers to relapse.

Those who supply illegal tobacco are not concerned about the age of their customers and often sell to under-age children. This inevitably makes it easier for children to start smoking and enables them them to become hooked and a young age.