Shoppers in Eastbourne can meet the four-legged friends fighting the illegal tobacco trade next week.
East Sussex Trading Standards is running a week-long roadshow visiting Tesco Extra in Lottbridge Drove on Thursday 8 September and Bankers Corner on Friday 9 September, to showcase their work and highlight the dangers of illicit tobacco products.
The stars of the show will be four sniffer dogs used by Trading Standards officers to sniff out dodgy tobacco and bring offenders to justice.
Officers will give practical demonstrations of their work with the dogs and be on hand to answer questions from the public.
Lucy Corrie, East Sussex County Council head of communities, said, “The trade in illegal tobacco puts people’s health in danger and risks encouraging more young people to smoke.
“It also has links with organised crime, so anyone buying cheap cigarettes or tobacco is putting money into the pockets of criminals.
“We hope these events will allow us to show people how we’re tackling this unscrupulous trade and give them a chance to see the fantastic work of the sniffer dogs, who are always very popular with the public.”