Two peddlers caught for selling vaporisers online: HSA

Two peddlers caught for selling vaporisers online: HSA
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SINGAPORE - The Health Sciences Authority's (HSA) Tobacco Regulation Branch has shut down the illegal operations of two peddlers selling vaporisers and its accessories.

More than 1,000 vaporiser supplies with an estimated street value of $23,000 were seized during a raid of their premises on Feb 23, said HSA in a press statement released on Feb 26.

The first male suspect, 28, operated his illegal business out of an HDB flat. It was revealed that he illegally obtained the prohibited items from Malaysia.

He sold them via social media platforms and personally delivered the items to his buyers in Singapore, according to HSA.

In another case, a 39-year-old was caught during a raid at a mobile phone shop with information provided by the 28-year-old suspect.

The second suspect also used social media platforms to get customers to visit his shop to purchase vaporisers.

He had also obtained his supplies overseas, added HSA.

All of the suspects' online advertisements have since been taken down and both men are currently assisting with investigations.

Since 2011, HSA has prosecuted 10 people for selling such products.

The stiffest penalty meted out so far was $64,500 for the illegal sales of vaporisers.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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