Suspected illegal tobacco was seized from a Hampden Park convenience store by county council’s Trading Standard department.
Police and Trading Standards officers went to the Convenience Store in Brassey Parade on Tuesday morning (July 9).
They seized cigarettes suspected of being counterfeit and illegal.
Police also attended to make the arrest of a man in the shop on suspicion of an offence of unfair trading.
The arrested man has now been released on bail pending further enquiries.
The shop was closed while police and Trading Standard officers carried out their searches but it opened again as usual.
An East Sussex County Council spokesperson confirmed, “East Sussex Trading Standards, supported by Sussex Police, have carried out an inspection at a local shop in Brassey Parade, Hampden Park, in relation to the sale of illegal cigarettes.”
Trading Standards say investigating possible cases of illegal cigarettes and tobacco is an important part of their role.
The spokesperson added, “People who sell such items are not just avoiding paying the duty which is owed on them – illegal cigarettes which do not conform to safety standards regarding their content and toxin levels have an increased risk of harm to a smoker than that of normal cigarettes.
“The availability of these cheap, illegal cigarettes has a negative effect on local businesses and undermines the efforts of health professionals in their attempts to encourage people to stop smoking.”
East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards would like to hear from anyone who has any information about illegal cigarettes being sold in their local shops.
Anyone with information should call 0345 60 80 197.