JTI removed tobacco gantries from The Kiosk on Wickfield Grove, Sheffield and Keighley Newsagents on North Street, Keighley following prosecutions by local Trading Standards for selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco.

Charlie Cunningham-Reid, UK head of corporate affairs, commented: “Given the offence committed by these retailers, JTI has decided that the removal of our gantries was the most appropriate course of action. If this type of crime continues, customers will lose trust in their local shops as the false impression grows that all of the independent trade is rife with ‘dodgy cigarettes’.

“Our commitment to support the actions of Trading Standards and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is steadfast and we must work together to take a stand against illegal tobacco.

HMRC commented, “We welcome action by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) to withdraw support from retail outlets convicted for the sale of illicit tobacco.”