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Lichfied and Burntwood residents urged to join fight against fake cigarettes

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to join the fight against fake cigarettes.

A campaign is being launched by Staffordshire County Council to rid the region of the counterfeit goods that can contain dangerous chemical levels.

The council’s trading standards team will be approaching businesses to ask them to report anyone trying to sell counterfeit cigarettes and will be providing posters to raise awareness of the issue.

Members of the public can also play their part in tackling criminals who may be selling counterfeit cigarettes.

Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet member for Community Health, said:

“Counterfeit cigarettes pose a real danger to people’s health and because they’re cheaper they can encourage people to smoke. In addition, selling them is a criminal activity which needs to be stopped. We can only do this by working with traders and members of the public.

“Of course we would encourage Staffordshire residents who smoke to try to give up for the sake of their health. However, counterfeit cigarettes are a particular menace and we’d ask people to let us know if they come across anyone trying to sell them.”

Anyone who has information on counterfeit cigarette sales can call the fakes hotline anonymously on 01785 330356 or go to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/fakes.

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