Ten per cent of tobacco smoked in Bexley is illegal

PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:27 20 August 2013

Around 10 per cent of tobacco smoked by people in the borough is illegal, according to a Bexley council survey.

The authority has joined forces with neighbouring boroughs Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, to crack down on illicit cigarettes.

The group commissioned a survey of 1,700 adults across the boroughs, with 376 respondents from Bexley.

It found that 10 per cent of tobacco smoked in Bexley is illegal and that nearly half of the smokers interviewed had been offered cheap, illicit cigarettes.

Dr Nada Lemic, Bexley’s director of public health said: “Smoking remains the biggest cause of preventable death in Bexley - killing half of all tobacco users.

“All tobacco intake is dangerous to health. We are keen to do everything we can to encourage local people to stop using tobacco and also to prevent anyone from taking up any form of smoking in the first place.”

The survey found street sellers, shops, and private homes were significant sources of illegal tobacco.

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