SINGAPORE — E-vaporisers and related components, with an estimated street value of close to $200,000, have been seized by authorities, following a 24-hour operation last Thursday (6 January).
Multiple raids were conducted by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) at the residences of a distributor and peddlers. These include a hotel in Geylang and residential addresses in Yishun and Serangoon.
Two males and one female are currently assisting with investigations. One of the males was also referred to the Central Narcotics Bureau for investigations into suspected drug-related offences.
They had used Telegram to illegally advertise and supply prohibited items to a large number of people, said HSA in a media release on Friday.
"Through intense surveillance and intelligence gathering efforts, HSA has successfully disrupted this particular network of peddlers. HSA will continue to monitor such illegal activities and take strong enforcement actions against these offenders," said a spokesperson.
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, e-vaporisers and their components.
Any person convicted of an offence is liable to a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to six months or both for the first offence, and a fine of up to $20,000, or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both for the second or subsequent offence.
The purchase, use and possession of such products is also an offence. Any person convicted of this offence is liable to a fine of up to $2,000. All prohibited tobacco items will also be seized and confiscated.
The purchase, use and possession of e-vaporisers is also prohibited.
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