Why is it so easy for our kids to smoke?
Kids are being offered illegal tobacco more than adults.
Dealers see underage smokers as easy targets. In fact, 1 in 4
young smokers (14-15 years old) regularly gets offered illegal
tobacco, which is much more often than adults. This increases the
chances of them getting hooked on smoking and puts their health at
How illegal traders help kids get hold of cigarettes.
- Illegal tobacco is usually sold for about half the price of
legal cigarettes, making smoking far more affordable for
- As it gets harder for under-18s to buy cigarettes and tobacco
from genuine traders, other sources such as street sellers and fag
houses are providing kids with an alternative option.
- Traders will often sell cigarettes in 'singles' (one cigarette
at a time), making it even easier for kids to afford them.