Tobacco firms hit stores on illicit trade

IMPERIAL Tobacco and JTI have both moved to remove tobacco gantries from stores south of the border where retailers were found to have illicit tobacco.
Imperial  removed a unit from  an off-licence in Peterborough after the owner was found guilty of selling illegal tobacco products.
JTI removed gantries from stores in Gloucester, Slough and Reading.
Paul Williams, JTI UK head of corporate affairs, said: “Retailers’ involvement in these dishonest crimes is totally unacceptable and more can be done to eradicate the sale of illegal tobacco.”