Illegal cigarette plea as dodgy tobacco found on the streets
Pictures of illicit cigarettes potentially for sale on Lancashire’s streets have been released in a bid to bring dodgy traders to justice. Two brands manufactured specifically for the black market, called Jin Ling and L&M are suspected to be being sold. In 2012 the Evening Post launched a campaign to tackle the county’s deadly black market tobacco trade, with 40 illicit tobacco dealers prosecuted while it ran. It raised awareness of how the criminal underworld profits from smuggling illicit cigarettes and tobacco into Lancashire and selling them on the black market, often to the most impressionable in society. County Council figures suggest around 50,000 people in Lancashire smoke illegal cigarettes, many believing they are getting a good deal without realising the sickening story behind Lancashire’s illegal tobacco trade.