In February Trading Standards officers and sniffer dogs from B. W. Y. Canine will be in Crawley and Burgess Hill highlighting the dangers of illicit tobacco.
On February 1 in Queens Square, Crawley, and on February 2 on Church Walk, Burgess Hill, the Trading Standards team will provide an opportunity for residents to raise their concerns about fake tobacco.
Richard Sargeant, Team Manager for Trading Standards, said: “If you are aware of anyone selling illegal tobacco or cigarettes or have suspicions or concerns you can come and speak to our team in Crawley or Burgess Hill.”
In the past month the West Sussex County Council Trading Standards officers have seized more than 150 illegal tobacco products.
Richard added: “Illegal tobacco does not only harm the individual using it, but has an adverse effect on local communities.
“We advise to always buy from a legitimate business and to contact us if you have any reservations.”
Illicit tobacco products often do not self-extinguish which can lead to house fires.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue officers and SmokeFree West Sussex will also be attending the events speaking about minimising risks to residents from smoking.
Anyone with information about illegal goods can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or can report details online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/TSreport.