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Number of e-cigarettes seized last year triples

Spike could be due to proliferation of vaporiser companies abroad

Published on Apr 25, 2014 8:01 AM
 

The rising demand for electronic cigarettes has led to more seizures of these items, which cannot be sold or imported here.

Last year, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) confiscated 5,356 e-cigarettes, almost three times the number seized the year before. In 2009, just 10 units were confiscated.

The sharp spike in recent years comes as the alternative smoking product gains popularity here.

Also known as vapers, battery-powered e-cigarettes try to simulate smoking by heating and atomising liquid nicotine stored in a small, replaceable cartridge.

Buying e-cigarettes from overseas websites or bringing them into the country in hand luggage is also considered importing, which is illegal. -- PHOTO: HEALTH SCIENCES AUTHORITY
 
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I bought it out of curiosity as the tip of the e-cigarette lit up like a real cigarette when I inhaled. But it didn't give me the same experience as smoking a real cigarette. I have since thrown it away.

- Ms Felicia Tan, 35, a marketing manager who bought her e-cigarette during a holiday in Switzerland

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