Council aims to stub out illegal tobacco sales in Burnham and
illegal tobacco sales and protecting children from its harmful
effects is the focus of a new campaign in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean
County Council is working with Smokefree South West on a project
to increase awareness about illegal tobacco among the general
public, encouraging fewer people to buy it and more people to
campaign will see the 'Tackling Illegal Tobacco' ad-van touring
the area by visiting Burnham-On-Sea's car boot sale, Brean and
Minehead, Taunton and Bridgwater.
council says illegal tobacco is known to make it easier for children
to start smoking because it is sold at pocket money prices, and
it also makes communities more attractive to criminals.
Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing
Board at Somerset County Council, said: "Smoking is a serious
public health issue and cheap illegal tobacco just makes it even
harder to keep our children away from harm. That is why Somerset
County Councils public health and trading standards teams
are working together to help tackle the problem."
know that people living in Somerset want to help protect their
children, so this campaign will help them identify cheap illegal
tobacco so that together we can keep it out of our communities."
illegal tobacco is a criminal offence. Anyone wishing to report
the selling of illegal tobacco can contact Trading Standards here,
report it anonymously online here;
or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
They cannot trace your call and will never ask for your name.