THE “Dodgy Cigs” roadshow is coming to town next week and is aiming to show the smokers of Solihull that they are getting more than they bargained for if they buy illicit tobacco products.
The roadshow was organised by Solihull Care Trust’s Stop Smoking Service and will take place at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre on Wednesday June 24 from 9am to 5pm.
As well as providing advice and support for those wanting to stop smoking, the roadshow will also show smokers the dangerous substances that they are inhaling when they buy illicit cigarettes.
The whole event is part of the hard hitting advertising campaign by the Department of Health and HM Revenue and Customs to highlight the unpleasant ingredients used to make illicit tobacco products such as floor sweepings and animal droppings.
“Buying cheap cigarettes from a man down the pub may seem like a great deal,” said Paul Hooper, the regional tobacco policy manager for the West Midlands.
“However they are often made in unhygienic conditions and can contain ingredients like insects and sawdust.
“People often say that these cigarettes taste different and this unusual mix of ingredients is often the reason why.
“If people are looking to save money it’s better that people explore help available to stop smoking altogether rather than seek out cheaper alternatives to shop bought tobacco. They might be cheap but they are still a rip off.”
Selling illicit tobacco products is illegal and anyone caught selling them in the workplace could find themselves facing fired, with the company also facing punishment.
For more information about illicit tobacco products and how they might affect you and your business visit www.dodgycigs.co.uk