A new campaign is launching across West Yorkshire and York (14 July) to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children.
The trade in cheap, illegal tobacco might seem like a victimless crime but it makes it easier for children to smoke and brings crime into local communities.
Councillor Jayne Booth, of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee, said: “Children and young smokers are often targeted by people who sell illegal cigarettes, making it even easier for them to get hooked on smoking. The people making money out of this do not care who they sell to. This campaign is about raising awareness that illegal tobacco is not a victimless crime but harms neighbourhoods and brings crime into local communities. We are ready to respond to any intelligence we receive.