Slough Express

Illegal cigarettes seized by officers


SLOUGH: More than 1,000 illegal cigarettes have been removed from sale thanks to the interventi­on of two council sniffer dogs.

Trading standards officers visited seven shops in Slough last week on the hunt for illegal tobacco, and were assisted by Cooper, a red labrador, and Yo-Yo, a cocker spaniel.

In total, four seizures were made – three from shops and one from the boot of an unlocked and abandoned car – with a street value of more than £10,000.

Illegal tobacco, often sold for less than legal and taxed products, means shopkeeper­s can undercut the prices of other nearby premises, leading to unfair competitio­n.

And cheaper prices will mean people are less likely to give up smoking as the cost is no longer an incentive to quit.

Councillor Balvinder S Bains, cabinet member for regulation and public protection at Slough Council, said: “It may be residents don’t realise they are buying illegal tobacco, or they don’t care because it is cheap, however the shopkeeper­s certainly should know it is illegal and that they are breaking the law by selling it, however covertly.”

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