Singapore authorities have seized over $17,000 worth of e-cigarettes and accessories in a crackdown on illegal sales, according to a report from Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao on December 17th. The Singapore Health Sciences Authority conducted a surprise operation and seized e-cigarettes and related accessories with a market value of approximately 17,000 Singapore dollars (approximately 90,000 Chinese yuan). The 36-year-old man involved is currently under investigation by the Health Sciences Authority for allegedly selling e-cigarettes on the Telegram platform and has been arrested.
The Health Science Bureau conducted a raid on December 12th, following the news of e-cigarette sales activities in Block 7, Cai Cuogang. The authorities searched the home of the individuals involved and seized a total of over 1,000 e-cigarettes and related accessories with an estimated market value exceeding SGD 17,000.
The Singapore government has shown a firm stance in the strict supervision and control of illegal activities involving the sale of e-cigarettes and other related products. Individuals who violate tobacco regulations will face severe penalties. It is illegal to import, distribute, or sell e-cigarettes and their accessories in Singapore. First-time offenders may be fined up to $10,000 SGD, imprisoned for a maximum of six months, or both. Repeat offenders may face a fine of up to $20,000 SGD, imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both.
Individuals who possess, use, or purchase e-cigarettes may also face legal penalties and potential fines of up to 2000 Singapore dollars.
The authorities are cracking down on illegal e-cigarette sales, and the Singapore government is taking a strong stance against violators.