General Article Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

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Andrew Russell, Durham University

New figures show that more than half of all teenage smokers in the north-east of England have bought illegal tobacco.

The figures, from the 2017 North East Illegal Tobacco Survey, found that 55% of children aged 14 and 15 who smoke say they buy illegal tobacco from shops or “tab houses” – while 73% say they have been offered illegal tobacco at some point.

Illegal tobacco is either smuggled, counter

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