South Shields' tab houses target kids
There are thought to more than 200 bootleg traders in
the South Shields borough selling cheap cigarettes and tobacco -
often to youngsters.
Coun Emma Lewell, the council's lead member for independent and
healthy lives, said: "Our young people are being exploited by
criminals and criminal gangs."
"Counterfeit tobacco is uncontrolled. It's not subject to
testing and, because it's cheap, is often sold to children,
especially in poorer communities."
"Children can quickly become addicted to cigarettes and,
unfortunately, many of them remain hooked for the rest of their
However, South Tyneside Council's trading standards team,
Northumbria Police, health chiefs and customs officers, along with
regional anti-smoking group Fresh, are working together to tackle
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