Cigarettes are among the most commonly traded products on the black market due to high profit margins, relative ease of production and movement and low detection rates and penalties.
1 in 4 young smokers regularly gets offered illegal tobacco
50% of tobacco bought by 14 and 15 year olds is illegal
Legitimately produced cigarettes carry invisible security markings to enable enforcement officers to distinguish them from illicit products.
Dealers selling single cigarettes makes smoking more affordable for children
Smoking from an early age is linked to heavier smoking in later life, higher levels of dependency and a lower chance of quitting.