Genuine Nuneaton and Bedworth traders are being urged to come forward and report the effect the sale of illegal tobacco is having on their businesses.
This follows more unannounced visits by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Officers to shops in the Nuneaton area and the seizure of more counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco and cigarettes.
Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:
“We want Nuneaton and Bedworth businesses that are being adversely affected by the illegal trade in counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco and cigarettes to contact Warwickshire Trading Standards.”
“In doing so we hope to form a better picture of how genuine traders serving local communities are losing out and at the same time gather evidence that will help us take more targeted action against these illegal sellers.”
The sale of illegal tobacco both damages the profits of genuine local businesses and robs the Treasury of tax revenue that could be spent on schools and hospitals. Sellers of illegal tobacco are also more likely to sell to children and ignore age restricted sale laws designed to discourage young people from starting smoking.
Local businesses that feel they have been adversely affected by the sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes are urged to contact Warwickshire Trading Standards on 01926 414040.
more information about the work of Trading Standards in Warwickshire is available online: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards