A better Medway

Illegal tobacco

Illegal, or cheap tobacco is mostly cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco sold cheaper than you would find from a genuine, honest retailer.

Report illegal tobacco sales    

Anyone can report sales of illegal tobacco to us online or by calling 01634 334 455 or using our online form.

Report sales of illegal tobacco

What illegal tobacco is

The sale of illicit tobacco is illegal and funds organized crime gangs in Medway. These gangs target young people and his is how a lot of children are getting cigarettes and becoming addicted to smoking.

Illicit tobacco is found in three main types: smuggled, counterfeit and cheap whites.


Counterfeit tobacco is cheap, low grade cigarettes or tobacco packaged to look like premium UK brands.


Smuggled tobacco is usually genuine cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco, which are duty paid in the EU, but illegally brought into the UK and sold without the payment of UK duty and tax.

Cheap whites

Cheap whites are new brands of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco which cannot be bought legitimately in the UK.

Underage Sales

Children in Medway should be able to grow up without an addiction to smoking. We rely on people selling tobacco to act responsibly and protect children by not selling to under 18's.