Trading Standards are part of the Council’s Smokfree Alliance team. Smokefree Redcar & Cleveland Alliance is a multi-agency partnership led by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council with the shared vision of “Making smoking history for Children and young people in Redcar & Cleveland”. The role of Trading Standards within this project is to reduce the availability of illegal tobacco products on sale within the Borough.
We conduct intelligence- led enforcement actions against illegal suppliers of tobacco products, such as “tab houses”, online sellers and retailers acting outside the confines of the law.
You might think that the sale of illegal tobacco products is a victimless crime, not something to worry about or even the provision of a “service” to those struggling financially but there are serious consequences for crime and health.
Dealers of illegal tobacco see children as customers and often sell without any qualms – the pocket money prices making it easier for children to become addicted. Illegal tobacco also has links to serious crime funding loan sharking, drugs, money laundering, people trafficking and defrauds the treasury from millions of pounds in tax.
For more information about what is happening in your region please visit the Fresh website
. Fresh was the UK's first dedicated regional programme set up in the North East in 2005 to tackle the worst rates of smoking related illness and death in England.
Volunteering Opportunities for 14-16 year olds
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is committed to actively enforcing legislation aimed at reducing the availability of age-restricted products to underage purchasers. It is our belief that the removal of the supply source for age restricted goods to young persons will contribute, in part, to their long-term health and safety and that of the region as a whole.
In order to do this we carry out test purchase exercises at retail premises. The purpose of each exercise is to determine compliance with the provisions of the relevant legislation, through the use of a child volunteer in the attempted purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, lighter fuel, fireworks etc. at specified premises within the Borough.
Only volunteers clearly under the target age are asked to take part by the Service. In addition their actual age should ideally be eighteen months below the age restriction of the goods to be purchased on the day of the exercise.
The health and wellbeing of the volunteer is of paramount importance and will always override other operational requirements.