Anti-smuggling campaign takes off at Scottish airports

Anti-tobacco smuggling poster in airport

A new anti-tobacco smuggling campaign, funded by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA), is underway at three Scottish airports.

Posters in departure lounges at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports are in place to remind holidaymakers that reselling tobacco purchased abroad is against the law. The ads feature a young man being questioned by the authorities. The caption reads: “Planning to bring tobacco into the UK? Don’t sell it on, it’s illegal.”

Giles Roca, Director General of the TMA, commented:  “Reselling tobacco bought overseas is not a victimless crime. This practice affects many hard-working independent shopkeepers who are deprived of legitimate tobacco sales and related footfall.”