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Three peddlers fined about $100,000 for selling illegal electronic cigarettes

Published on Apr 21, 2014 4:50 PM
 
E-cigarettes seized by the Health Sciences Authority. Two Singaporeans and a Malaysian have been fined about $100,000 in all for selling illegal electronic cigarettes, or battery-operated gadgets that simulate tobacco smoking, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Monday, April 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: HEALTH SCIENCES AUTHORITY

Two Singaporeans and a Malaysian have been fined about $100,000 in all for selling illegal electronic cigarettes, or battery-operated gadgets that simulate tobacco smoking, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Monday.

The authority seized 490 sets of electronic cigarettes worth about $25,000 from the three peddlers, who were convicted separately this year.

The trio had separately bought the cigarettes, which are also called e-cigarettes, from suppliers in China, Italy and the United States. They had put the gadgets up for sale here through websites, but their illegal trade was discovered in 2012 through HSA's online surveillance and enforcement efforts.

Malaysian Boo Yee Fong, 32, received the highest fine of $64,500 on April 17; Singaporean Chew Yew Yee, 36, was fined $10,000 on Feb 13 and another Singaporean Lew Ying Ying, 29, fined $21,000 on March 10.

 
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