Illegal E-Cigarettes Seized in Stoke-on-Trent Since 2022

Illegal E-Cigarettes Seized in Stoke-on-Trent Since 2022
The Stoke Council seized over £43,000 worth of illegal e-cigarettes, cracking down on high-nicotine, unapproved, and underage sales.

Since January 2022, the trading standards team for Stoke-on-Trent City Council has seized 3,338 illegal e-cigarettes worth £43,394 from the market.

In ongoing trial exercises across the city, some electronic cigarettes have been confiscated. Illegal electronic cigarettes include those with excessive capacity, those lacking proper health warnings, and those sold to minors.

Sometimes, police seize as many as 7,000 electronic cigarettes that contain nicotine equivalent to 600 cigarettes. Electronic cigarette devices are strictly regulated by the government to control the amount of nicotine and must be approved by pharmaceutical and healthcare regulatory agencies. The legal capacity of a disposable electronic pod is 2 milliliters.

Member of the Cabinet for Housing and Environment, Carl Edwards, stated, "Our team regularly conducts purchasing tests to ensure products meet legal requirements. We will always take action against anyone found to be involved in illegal storage, distribution, or supply of e-cigarettes. The message is clear - if you're involved in illegal e-cigarette sales, you will face consequences.

Lorraine Beardmore, a cabinet member responsible for culture, leisure, and public health, stated that while the NHS recommends the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, the products still pose a continuous issue of attracting underage non-smokers. She also emphasized that e-cigarettes are not entirely risk-free and that illegal e-cigarettes may expose minors to highly addictive levels of nicotine. Beardmore also highlighted the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to minors due to their brightly colored packaging and a variety of fruit flavors.


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