Hundreds of illegal and over-strength vapes destined for use by youngsters have been seized.
Durham Police has joined Darlington buying and selling requirements in a seamless crackdown on the gadgets being offered to minors as younger as 12.
Officers seized extra than 2,200 vapes, value in extra of £37,000, from 4 shops within the city on 13 January.
Darlington Borough Council believes the colorful, sweet-flavoured gadgets are intentionally geared toward youngsters.
It additionally claims that organised criminals are behind the illegal commerce.
Shaun Trevor, who led the operation on behalf of the council’s buying and selling requirements group, mentioned: “If you sell illegal vapes, especially to children, then expect a visit from us.
“It’s clear from the intense colors and designs that these merchandise are being geared toward youngsters.
“In the North-East of England alone, more than 1.4 tonnes of illegal vapes were seized from shops in the second half of last year.”
As an alternative of containing round 600 puffs – which is what UK rules permit – the seized vapes ranged from 2,500 to 10,000.
A 3,500-puff vape is roughly equal to smoking 280 cigarettes.
Illegal inventory seized from Puff Puff Vape within the Cornmill Centre, Brinkburn Shops in Brinkburn Street, Meals Plus in North Street and Neasham Street Mini Market and illegal cigarettes have been additionally discovered at one of many premises.
The outlets have been all visited following complaints from members of the general public.
It adopted an operation which netted 489 illegal vapes, nearly 20,000 cigarettes and 7kg of tobacco within the city final December.
Insp Peter Newman, from Durham Constabulary, mentioned: “Illicit and dangerous tobacco can not only cause serious harm to people’s health, but the proceeds are often invested into organised crime and can help fund more serious offences.”
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