Illegal tobacco products seized in coordinated crackdown

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • Queensland Health & the Australian Border Force’s Illicit Tobacco Taskforce seize more than $2 million worth of illegal products, including 54,000 vapes.
  • Eleven sites were raided across Queensland.
  • Raids occurred under the Palaszczuk Government’s powerful new illicit tobacco laws, which grant greater enforcement powers.

More than $2 million worth of illegal tobacco products have been seized in a series of coordinated raids, following the Palaszczuk Government’s tough new laws passed in May.

In a clear warning to those possessing and selling illegal tobacco products, Queensland Health led a strike on 10 retail outlets on Tuesday morning in Emerald, Mackay, Townsville, Yeppoon, Ayr and Rockhampton.

These raids coincided with an Australian Border Force-led Illicit Tobacco Taskforce operation on the Gold Coast, which Queensland Health assisted with.

Together, these raids led to the seizure of more than $2 million worth of items, including 54,000 vapes.

Preliminary counting shows that the Queensland Health-led retail raids were responsible for seizing:

  • Over 7,300 vapes
  • 343kg of illicit tobacco
  • Hundreds of other illegal products, including drug utensils

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