Crackdown on illegal tobacco sale

York Press: STRONG MESSAGE: Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing is backing the drive against illegal tobacco sales. STRONG MESSAGE: Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing is backing the drive against illegal tobacco sales.

City of York Council is launching a new campaign across York today to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children.

Six local authorities (York, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) are collaborating to launch the Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health in West Yorkshire and York Programme.

The work is being commissioned by the six local authorities’ public health teams and involves trading standards, health and HMRC working together to crack down on sales.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for homes and safer communities, 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."

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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12:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

piaggio1 says...

God !.is this woman still on YCC.?
God !.is this woman still on YCC.? piaggio1
  • Score: 6

12:26pm Mon 14 Jul 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

That woman knows a thing or two about smoking illegal substances.
That woman knows a thing or two about smoking illegal substances. NoNewsIsGoodNews
  • Score: 3

1:02pm Mon 14 Jul 14

the original Homer says...

Were the local authorities chosen because of their initials??

Bradford
And
Calderdale
Kirklees
York

Leeds
And
Wakefield
Were the local authorities chosen because of their initials?? Bradford And Calderdale Kirklees York Leeds And Wakefield the original Homer
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Kevin Turvey says...

Surely the council should be spending time delivering existing essential services (what is left of them) rather than acting as an agent for customs and excise!

She was picking on street beggars last week!

And there was me thinking that Simply Wrong, Alexander and Merrit should have been sacked for the Lendal Bridge Fiasco!

Can somebody please explain why is she still on the council?
And more importantly how to get her off the council before the 2015 elections?
Surely the council should be spending time delivering existing essential services (what is left of them) rather than acting as an agent for customs and excise! She was picking on street beggars last week! And there was me thinking that Simply Wrong, Alexander and Merrit should have been sacked for the Lendal Bridge Fiasco! Can somebody please explain why is she still on the council? And more importantly how to get her off the council before the 2015 elections? Kevin Turvey
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Overproof says...

Tackling Illicit Tobacco campaign, the name just reminds me of
Trotters Independent Traders, some apt initials used there
Tackling Illicit Tobacco campaign, the name just reminds me of Trotters Independent Traders, some apt initials used there Overproof
  • Score: 3

6:45pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Bad magic says...

Yeah, all those tobacco pushers selling it to kids because there just aren't enough adults who already smoke, have disposable incomes and want to save a bit of money on their snout.
I mean, really?
Yeah, all those tobacco pushers selling it to kids because there just aren't enough adults who already smoke, have disposable incomes and want to save a bit of money on their snout. I mean, really? Bad magic
  • Score: -3

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