Health officials urged to raid corner shops selling black market tobacco

Forget about going after drug kingpins a la Breaking Bad; health department staffers are being urged to form strike teams to bust down doors and nab corner shop owners selling blackmarket tobacco.

The idea was raised by Border Force officials, who told a Senate hearing that they were frustrated at being powerless to act against retailers selling ‘chop chop’ (illicit tobacco) that carried no health warnings.

Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg said a special strike force of 27 agents was working successfully in collaboration with Big Tobacco companies to tackle