Sniffer Dogs Visit Town Centres

Town centres in Dudley borough will be visited by trained sniffer dogs this week in a bid to raise awareness of counterfeit tobacco.

The dogs will be part of an event organised by Dudley Council’s trading standards team. It aims to give the public information about the harm illegal tobacco can cause to communities, the local economy and individuals.

Along with being able to find out more about the dangers, people can meet specially trained sniffer dogs and watch them sniff out hidden tobacco products.

Dudley’s Stop Smoking Service will also be on hand to give free advice to anyone who is interested in quitting smoking.

The promotional trailer will be in place from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Stourbridge’s Crown Square on Tuesday 17 May, Somer Square in Halesowen on Wednesday 18 May and Brierley Hill market place on Thursday 19 May.

Tony Oakman, strategic director for people services said:

“These town centre events provide a unique opportunity for people to understand the role of specially trained sniffer dogs and the dangers of illegal tobacco.

“While all smoking kills, illegal tobacco is sold at low prices and without the necessary health warnings which makes it easier for children and young smokers to get hooked on smoking. 

“If people see this type of illegal activity they need to inform us straight away.”

Residents who have concerns about the sale of illegal tobacco in their area can call trading standards on 01384 818871 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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