Illegal cigarettes seized

File photo dated 12/03/13 of a man smoking a cigarette as putting graphic warnings on the back of cigarette packs has little impact on teen smokers, according to new research. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 5, 2013. While pictures fare slightly better than words, they are often put on the back of packs making them less visible and less effective, according to research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. More than 1,000 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK were questioned about their response to warnings in 2008 and a further 1,000 were questioned in 2011. Most of the teenagers in both surveys (68% to 75%) had never smoked while 17% to 22% had experimented with cigarettes, and around one in 10 were already regular smokers - defined as at least one cigarette a week. See PA story HEALTH Tobacco. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

File photo dated 12/03/13 of a man smoking a cigarette as putting graphic warnings on the back of cigarette packs has little impact on teen smokers, according to new research. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 5, 2013. While pictures fare slightly better than words, they are often put on the back of packs making them less visible and less effective, according to research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. More than 1,000 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK were questioned about their response to warnings in 2008 and a further 1,000 were questioned in 2011. Most of the teenagers in both surveys (68% to 75%) had never smoked while 17% to 22% had experimented with cigarettes, and around one in 10 were already regular smokers - defined as at least one cigarette a week. See PA story HEALTH Tobacco. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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Ten thousands illegal cigarettes were seized by police and trading standards from a city centre shop.

They were found in a secret cupboard concealed in the floor of War Sawa, on Kirkgate.

The joint operation was carried out by the Central neighbourhood police team and West Yorkshire Trading Standards on Tuesday after a tip off from the community.

Sgt Bob King said: “The cigarettes seized were suspected of being illegal with no duty paid on them or fakes.

“In addition to other licensing offences were also discovered. The owner of the shop will be interviewed by officers under caution next week.

“And further checks will be carried out on other shops in the Kirkgate area in future.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.