Cornwall NHS launches illegal tobacco campaign

A new campaign to warn about illegal tobacco in Cornwall has been launched by the county's NHS.

Health bosses said they were concerned that smuggled tobacco sold cheaply was creating an inexpensive source for children and young people.

They added that such tobacco also allowed adults to continue smoking when they otherwise could not afford it.

Public events were to help people understand the impact such tobacco had on communities, the NHS said.

Events will be held on the Piazza on The Moor in Falmouth on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at White River Place in St Austell on Thursday and Friday, organisers said.

Trading Standards officers from Cornwall Council will give advice about illegal purchases, and Stop Smoking Service health advisors would be available to assist people who wanted to quit smoking, they added.

NHS Cornwall said the campaign was part of the South of England Tackling Illegal Tobacco for Better Health programme.

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