Illegal Tobacco - the facts

Know the facts

Illegal, or cheap tobacco is mostly cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco sold cheaper than you would find from a genuine, honest retailer.

Cheap tobacco can fall into three different categories:

  • Smuggled- Usually genuine cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco, which are duty paid in the EU, but illegally brought into the UK and sold without the payment of UK duty and tax
  • Counterfeit (fake) - Cheap, low grade cigarettes or tobacco packaged to look like premium UK brands
  • Cheap whites - new brands of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco which cannot be bought legitimately in the UK

things to look out for



For information on what to look out for and the harmful effects of cheap tobacco download the 'Illegal Sales- know the facts' leaflet.

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