Officers from Suffolk Trading Standards have seized more than 2,000 illegal vapes from three shops in Ipswich.
The businesses from which the devices were removed had previously been given advice about their responsibilities under the law, including the legal limit for nicotine content in disposable vapes — no more than 2% (20mg/ml) and not in excess of 2ml in capacity (around 600 puffs).
The vapes seized had oversized tanks, providing up to more than 10,000 puffs.
The shops are now subject to investigation and may face further action, including prosecution.
Last November Suffolk Trading Standards seized a total of 1,913 vapes from shops in Lowestoft, Felixstowe, and Ipswich, while a further 2,500 were recovered in September from a shop in Ipswich. Investigations into these seizures continue.
Graham Crisp, Head of Suffolk Trading Standards, said: “It is disappointing that these sort of vapes continue to make their way on to the market despite the widespread publicity about how they breach the safety legislation and could be unsafe to use.
“That legislation is there for a reason — to help protect the public, and businesses who break those regulations can expect tough penalties. We will continue to carry out checks on retailers across Suffolk, taking legal action where necessary.”
Councillor Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, said: “Vaping plays a big part in helping smokers to quit, especially when used in conjunction with specialist support from a stop smoking service.
“However, devices such as these are simply trying to cash in on the problem of inappropriate vaping.
“This is excellent work by Suffolk Trading Standards, who are working continuously to tackle this problem.”
It was announced this week that disposable vapes will be banned under new legislation, under which Trading Standards Officers will have new powers to issue on-the-spot fines. The new law is unlikely to come into force before the end of this year at the earliest.