SINGAPORE — E-vaporisers and associated elements, with an estimated avenue worth of near $200,000, have been seized by authorities, following a 24-hour operation final Thursday (6 January).
A number of raids had been carried out by the Well being Sciences Authority (HSA) on the residences of a distributor and peddlers. These embrace a lodge in Geylang and residential addresses in Yishun and Serangoon.
Two males and one feminine are at the moment aiding with investigations. One of many males was additionally referred to the Central Narcotics Bureau for investigations into suspected drug-related offences.
That they had used Telegram to illegally promote and provide prohibited objects to a lot of folks, mentioned HSA in a media launch on Friday.
“By means of intense surveillance and intelligence gathering efforts, HSA has efficiently disrupted this explicit community of peddlers. HSA will proceed to observe such unlawful actions and take sturdy enforcement actions towards these offenders,” mentioned a spokesperson.
The Tobacco (Management of Commercials and Sale) Act prohibits the import, distribution, sale or supply on the market of imitation tobacco merchandise. These embrace shisha tobacco, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco reminiscent of Gutkha, Khaini and Zarda, e-vaporisers and their elements.
Any particular person convicted of an offence is liable to a tremendous of as much as $10,000, or imprisonment of as much as six months or each for the primary offence, and a tremendous of as much as $20,000, or imprisonment of as much as 12 months or each for the second or subsequent offence.
The acquisition, use and possession of such merchandise can be an offence. Any particular person convicted of this offence is liable to a tremendous of as much as $2,000. All prohibited tobacco objects can even be seized and confiscated.
The acquisition, use and possession of e-vaporisers can be prohibited.
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