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Sniffer dogs have the nose for cracking down on counterfeit tobacco

More than 7,000 products seized so far this year

Over 7,000 counterfeit and illicit tobacco products have been seized so far this year by the county council’s trading standards team and Leicestershire Police . . . aided by a top team of sniffer dogs.

The haul of cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco was seized from retail and residential premises across the county.

Utilising the highly-skilled canines, trading standards officers gathered evidence to prosecute the perpetrators, who often go to great lengths to conceal illegal products.

All next week, the team of tobacco-detecting dogs will be demonstrating their skills at locations across Leicestershire to help raise awareness of the work being done in supporting trading standards to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco.

The roadshows are taking place on:

Monday, 6 August – Hinckley Market, Castle Street
Tuesday 7 August – Coalville Market, Hotel Street
Wednesday, 8 August - Bell Street, Wigston
Thursday 9 August – Loughborough Market, Market Place

They all run between 9.30am and 4pm.

The county council says selling cheap tobacco is illegal, dangerous and costs the economy an estimated £2.5billion a year.

These unregulated products also provide a cheap source of tobacco for children. Trading standards officers will be at the roadshows to hear from people who have concerns about cheap tobacco being sold in their area.


The selling of illegal tobacco not only threatens the health of our communities, it also damages the local economy. These roadshows have worked extremely well in the past and the information received from the public at these events has proved to be of great benefit in shutting down the local supply chains


Anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or email

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