Recently, Pat Nurse experienced the shabby man with the bag of dodgy baccy and wondered if he would have any compunction about selling to children.
No. he would have no compunction at all because man with a bag is an amateur. He'll be caught and prosecuted and his little operation will be held up as 'proof that smuggling doesn't pay'.
Shabby man with a bag is to be avoided at all costs. As Pat says, if he is selling way below any realistic EU price, then he is selling dodgy crap. You might as well run a strimmer over your carpet and smoke that. Any baccy-man who sells to children must also be avoided because he is also selling dodgy crap, or is at least very likely to be caught and to hand over his customer list. Ethics? Well, not really. More a case of reality. Remember, I've spent time in that twilight zone so pay attention here. It was thirty years ago but some rules don't change.
No serious dealer of anything illicit ever sells anything to children. No serious dealer will ever approach you and offer anything. It has nothing at all to do with ethics. Nothing.
If you're living in dodgy land, the one thing you must never, ever do is draw attention to yourself. You do not approach strangers who might a) be plain clothes police or b) might be ASH drones who will call the police. You also stay well away from children because child logic when caught is 'I can blame the adult'.
Those who are caught are the idiots trying their hand. The seriously dodgy people rely on regular customers and referrals. And don't think you're going out as an antismoker to 'sort them out'. When I say seriously dodgy, I mean people Darth Vader would cross the street to avoid.
They are on the increase, antismokers, and guess what? You are driving their business through the roof.
Well done there. Yes, you've achieved wonderful things, you really have. You antismokers have boosted crime to unprecedented levels and I would really, no really, love to watch you take on one of these groups with your fake coughs and hand waving.
I do like a bit of street theatre.