James and Tracey Holland were caught smuggling enough tobacco to make 128,000 cigarettes
James and Tracey Holland said they were asked by their five children to pick up tobacco while they were away on three trips abroad.
They brought back almost 177lb last summer and evaded paying £18,702.79 in duty, it was said.
There was enough tobacco in the haul to supply a 20-a-day smoker for 17-and-a-half years.
Southampton Magistrates Court was told Holland, 52, and his wife, 50, stuffed it in their suitcases and failed to declare it.
They first brought in 73lb in June after friends and family had requested they pick up tobacco for them while they were on holiday.
The pair, of Sholing in Southampton, then took a similar amount of rolling tobacco into Bournemouth Airport, Dorset, in August.
Mr Holland then separately smuggled in just over 27lb through Gatwick Airport in September.
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They said they were asked by their children to pick up tobacco while they were away on trips abroad
You say you realise you had been stupid, but then proceeded to do it another two times
Magistrate Derek Alan
He admitted three offences of fraudulently evading a duty and was given an 18-week sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Mrs Holland admitted two offences of fraudulently evading a duty, and was given an eight-week sentence, also suspended for 12 months.
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The total she avoided paying in duty from her two trips with her husband left the revenue service £15,755.07 out of pocket.
Barry Keel, defending, said Mr Holland acknowledged he was the "prime mover" in the operation, with Mrs Holland "feeling that it was wrong".
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Mr Holland admitted three and Mrs Holland admitted two offences of fraudulently evading a duty
The court heard neither of them smoked, but their five children were "heavy smokers" and had asked their parents to pick up tobacco while they were away.
One of the couple's children lives in Spain, which the defence said explained the pair's frequent trips to Europe.
Mr Keel said the couple "knew they had been stupid", and that they should have stopped taking requests from family and friends that was "going to get them into trouble".
Magistrate Derek Alan, addressing Mr Holland, said: "These offences are quite serious. You say you realise you had been stupid, but then proceeded to do it another two times.
"Next time you go abroad, enjoy the holiday and don't bring any contraband back with you."