Wembley shop owner convicted of selling illegal cigarettes and tobaccos

2 January 2019

A grocery store owner in Wembley has been fined a total of £4366 for selling illegal cigarettes and other tobacco products which did not have the required standard packaging and correct health warnings.

Mr Ziad Hassan-Pasha, 35, of Victoria Road in Wembley, pleaded guilty to possessing tobacco products without the required health warnings from his shop Al Pasha, on High Road, Wembley.

Trading Standards officers visited the shop in May 2018 and discovered a large amount of illicit tobacco and shisha in the storage room. They also found non-compliant e-liquids, e-cigarettes, and vaping kits behind the counter.

Among the products seized were 282 unit packs of various brands of cigarettes, 465 e-liquids and 108 e-cigarettes.

On 18 December 2018, Mr Hassan-Pasha was ordered to pay a £250 fine for each offence, a victim surcharge of £30 and court costs of £1806.

Cllr Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

"Shops that sell tobacco products without the proper health warnings are putting the public at potential risk and this is simply unacceptable. This conviction shows just how serious we are about coming down hard on those found to be selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco products in Brent.

Our message to traders is simple: it's your responsibility to make sure that your products are compliant and have the proper health warnings, or we will take formal action if you disregard the law.

Our Trading Standards officers are working hard to ensure all business fully comply with the law, trade fairly and to keep illicit tobacco products out of our high street shops. We will keep cracking down on businesses and individuals found to be ignoring the law, as we continue to work towards a safer and healthier borough.

If you know of a business selling illegal tobacco, report them to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06."