11 Jan 2016

Statement - smokers worried about illicit cigarettes

Islington Council’s Deputy Leader and executive member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Janet Burgess, said: “This report shows there are real concerns that cheap, illegal, easily available tobacco not only hampers smokers’ efforts to quit, but increases the risk of children starting. 
 
“Trading Standards teams in both boroughs are working hard to crackdown on those who sell counterfeit tobacco or supply tobacco products to children and young people under 18.
 
“Islington council is committed to helping our residents lead healthy lives. As part of our ‘New Year, New You’ campaign, we’re encouraging smokers who want to quit to seek expert help and face-to-face support from their local stop smoking advisor.”

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