10th July 2024

Vapes seized after children taken ill

Nottingham Trading Standards seized illegal vapes following reports of local children being hospitalised.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

Nottingham City Council Trading Standards has seized more than 1,000 illegal vapes from three businesses following reports of local schoolchildren being hospitalised.

The school informed Trading Standards Officers that three businesses in the Forest Fields area appeared to be selling illegal products. On investigation, Officers found a small number of illegal vapes at two convenience stores and a ‘large quantity’ at a travel agents.

The latter had previously been warned about selling illegal products and now faces formal action.

Emma Boulton, Principal Training Standards Officer at Nottingham City Council, told the BBC: “Regularly we do general inspections and visits to premises to look for illegal vapes. But on this occasion three children were hospitalised and they were made quite ill by potentially vapes or some sort of cannabis oil that they’d inhaled.

“Luckily two of the children were discharged from hospital on the same day but the third child was actually kept in overnight because they had other health problems.

“They’re all doing well now but obviously it’s something that we need to look at trying to enforce rigorously because we don’t want children to become ill in the future.”

Several of the devices seized had tank sized in excess of the legal limit, while others displayed ‘misleading’ labelling. Samples will be sent for further testing.

Trading Standards teams across the country have been inundated with illegal vapes over the past couple of years, with more than 9,000 being seized by Nottingham City Council this year alone.

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