Australian Police Raid Uncovers Illegal E-Cigarettes and Tobacco
Recently, the police in southern Queensland, Australia, seized over 800 electronic cigarettes and 30 kilograms of tobacco.
At the same time, police confiscated 805 electronic cigarette devices from a store in Burleigh Heads, which were later found to contain nicotine.
The sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is illegal and can only be sold in pharmacies with a prescription. The sale of electronic cigarettes without nicotine is restricted under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act of 1998.
Police have raided three stores in Dalby, west of Brisbane, and seized 30 kilograms of illegal loose tobacco and a large quantity of imported cigarettes.
This raid was conducted after a thorough investigation and public reports of illegal tobacco products being sold at the Dalby store.
A 28-year-old man from Tuwenba and a 36-year-old man are being charged with the crime of selling taxable goods for commercial purposes.
This year, over 5700 e-cigarettes have been confiscated in the Gold Coast area.
Sharon Jurd, Director of Public Health on the Gold Coast expressed deep concern about the use of e-cigarettes among young people, especially in schools.
“She says that flavors such as watermelon, grape, bubble gum, and mint, as well as bright packaging, make e-cigarettes very appealing to young people.”
Hundreds of colorful electronic cigarette boxes are stacked together, some packaged in bags with tape labeled "sealed." The tobacco and e-cigarette industries are targeting young people with nicotine e-cigarettes, despite being aware of their harmful effects and their tendency to cause addiction to most users.
A new study has found that young people find e-cigarettes cool and tend to adopt this trend because they see older children doing it.
An investigation by Four Corners has uncovered a thriving black market for these products due to increased demand.
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