From 18th November 2019, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, in partnership with Local Authority Trading Standards teams from across the city region, will be commencing four weeks of activity to reduce people’s comfort levels around sales of illegal tobacco and challenge some smokers’ perception it is a victimless crime by raising awareness of the problems it brings into communities.
This builds on the campaign launched on 20th May this year. This Summer's activity saw Trading Standards benefit from more than ten times the amount of intelligence they normally receive in Greater Manchester and helped Trading Standards seize more illegal cigarettes and tobacco between April and October 2019 than the whole of the previous year.
A crackdown on illegal tobacco is part of the Making Smoking History strategy towards a tobacco-free Greater Manchester. Tackling illegal tobacco prevents children from getting hold of cigarettes and reduces the access to cheap tobacco that can undermine adults’ quit attempts. It also safeguards the tax funds that are so desperately needed to fund local services.
To find out more about the campaign, click here