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MP welcomes Council’s bid to stub out illegal sales

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins welcomes Derbyshire County Council’s new Labour-led administration’s bid to stub out the illegal tobacco trade in the county.

Counterfeit cigarettes burn holes in Treasury coffers and hit law-abiding retaliers

Counterfeit cigarettes burn holes in Treasury coffers and hit law-abiding retaliers

Counterfeit cigarettes pose a greater danger to smokers than regulated legitimate products, and burn holes in the coffers of the Treasury, who miss out on tax levied. Fraudulent retailers also hit law-abiding business by undercutting their trade at prices they can’t compete with. 

Following Mr Perkins’ campaign to force the permanent closure of a Chesterfield shop peddling counterfeit tobacco in June, Derbyshire County Council has redoubled their efforts to combat this criminal activity. The Council’s new ‘Enforcement Programme for Tobacco Products’ includes measures to empower retailers by providing them with up-to-date guidance to help them stay on the right side of the law, carry out regular spot checks to ensure outlets are compliant and take decisive action where necessary. 

Commenting on the new programme, Mr Perkins said: “Police and County Council Trading Standards Officers have seized illegal tobacco in Derbyshire with a street value of around £44,000 in the last year but the problem continues to grow as criminals get more adept at disguising their products.

“I was horrified when I learned counterfeit cigarettes were being sold in Chesterfield and coordinated multi-agency action to ensure the sham retailer was closed down. I’m keen to support Derbyshire County Council’s increased efforts to ensure fraudulent traders are forced out so that the public and those who play by the rules don’t get a raw deal.”

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