Suspected illegally-imported shisha products seized by Trading Standards officers

Shisha products seized by Trading Standards officers
Shisha products seized by Trading Standards officers

Shisha tobacco which is believed to have been illegally imported was seized from a business in the west end of Newcastle on Thursday (January 31) evening.

Officers from Newcastle City Council’s Trading Standards team, in partnership with Northumbria Police, recovered substantial quantities of tobacco products from the shisha café.

Cllr Nick Kemp, cabinet member for environment, said: “All tobacco is harmful to public health and the legislation is clear - tobacco of any sort can’t be smoked in enclosed premises.

“This tobacco has been seized because it is suspected it has been illegally imported and there is a chance that duties have not been paid on the products.

“I hope that this operation serves as a timely reminder to anyone running premises such as these that they must get their house in order and be fully aware of the legislation.”

Import duty must be paid on shisha tobacco, like all tobacco products. The sale of illegal tobacco makes it easier for children to become addicted to smoking, often has links to organised crimes, and robs hospitals, school and public services of money through lost tax revenue.

If you have information about illegal tobacco, report it anonymously at keep-it-out.co.uk or call the Illegal Tobacco Hotline on 0300 999 0000 – its quick, easy and completely anonymous.