A man prepares to smoke in a vape shop in Manila. Photo: DANTE DIOSINA JR / AFP
More than $ 2 million worth of vapes, components and tobacco products were seized in Singapore, making it the “biggest transport” in the city-state to date.
Upon information, agents of the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) inspected an industrial storage facility located in the north, near the border with Malaysia. They discovered 10,057 vapes, 48,822 electronic vaporizer components, and large amounts of vape juice.
“This is the largest seizure of tobacco products by the HSA, in terms of volume and market value of electronic vaporizers,” officials said in a statement, adding that the products had an estimated market value of over of $ 2 million.
No arrests have yet been made, but the HSA said three people “are currently assisting with investigations. “ The authority also revealed that more than 170 vape raids were carried out between 2018 and 2020.
Vaping continues to increase in many countries around the world. Although they are generally considered to be less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes, doctors and health experts have warned of serious effects on the body, such as burned lungs and accidental ingestion of toxic metals.
It is banned in Singapore due to public health fears and concerns about its popularity among young people. Shisha and chewing tobacco are also banned, and the sale of cigarettes is strictly regulated, with smoking widely banned even in most public places.
Under a law introduced in 2018, offenders face heavy fines and prison terms. But illegal vaping continues and product seizures are on the rise
Sales on the black market continue, where vaping products are often smuggled in from neighboring Malaysia and sold openly on platforms like Telegram.
In July, 13 people between the ages of 20 and 40 were jailed and fined more than $ 50,000 after being caught selling vape products online.
Other incidents saw a Canadian arrested and jailed for 16 weeks for possession of a vape pen containing cannabis, as well as a 32-year-old Singaporean fined $ 7,000 and two years and three months in prison for selling vape products online.
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