HSA seizes biggest haul of over $2m worth of e-vaporisers and related components in Boon Lay

SINGAPORE – The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has seized over $2 million worth of e-vaporisers and related components after an operation conducted on Oct 11.

It is the largest seizure of tobacco products by the HSA, in terms of the volume and street value of the e-vaporisers, it added.

Three persons are assisting the authority in the investigation.

The HSA said it acted on a tip-off and inspected a storage facility in Boon Lay.

A total of 10,057 assorted e-vaporisers, 48,822 assorted pods (e-vaporiser components) and 187 e-liquids – worth $2,260,825 in all – were seized.

“This successful operation has disrupted the operations of an illegal e-vaporisers supply chain,” the HSA said.

The Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act prohibits the import, distribution, sale or offer for sale of imitation tobacco products.

These include shisha tobacco; smokeless tobacco; chewing tobacco such as Gutkha, Khaini and Zarda; as well as electronic vaporisers and their accessories.

It is illegal to purchase, use and possess e-vaporisers.

Information on prohibited tobacco products in Singapore is available on the HSA website.

Any person convicted of an offence can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to six months or both for the first offence, and fined up to $20,000 or jailed up to 12 months or both for the second or subsequent offence.

All prohibited tobacco items will be seized and confiscated.

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