London Newsstand Fined £8,000 for Illegal Sale of E-Cigarettes
According to a report by Harrowonline on October 11th, a newsstand located in Eastcote, London, was fined £8,000 for selling an e-cigarette to a 15-year-old teenager and providing an illegally oversized e-cigarette.
They pleaded guilty to two charges at the Epsbridge District Court. The case was brought forth by the trademark standards team of the Shillington City Council.
The Trade Standards Bureau conducted an underage purchasing activity on February 13, 2023, utilizing a 15-year-old boy. The boy successfully purchased a disposable e-cigarette in "blueberry flavor" that contained nicotine, exceeding the legal restrictions. According to the law, disposable e-cigarettes are limited to a liquid capacity of 2 milliliters, approximately 600 puffs. However, the product sold had a liquid capacity over twice the legal limit.
The proprietor of a newsstand, Narinder Lamba, has been fined £800 and ordered to pay a £320 victim surcharge and £550 in council costs following charges of selling illegal e-cigarettes and restricted items to minors. Another proprietor, Kartar Lamba, has also been fined £800 and ordered to pay a £320 victim surcharge and £550 in council costs. Additionally, the newsstand has been fined £3000 and ordered to pay a £1200 victim surcharge and £550 in council costs.
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