Nine sets of e-cigarettes and 113 bottles of e-cigarette accessories seized: ICA

Nine sets of e-cigarettes and 113 bottles of e-cigarette accessories were seized at Woodlands Checkpoint by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on Aug 23, 2015.
Nine sets of e-cigarettes and 113 bottles of e-cigarette accessories were seized at Woodlands Checkpoint by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on Aug 23, 2015.PHOTO: ICA

SINGAPORE - Nine sets of electronic cigarettes and 113 bottles of e-cigarette accessories were seized from a Malaysian-registered car by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers early Sunday morning.

The driver and passenger, both males aged 34 and 26, are assisting with the investigations.

E-cigarettes are banned in Singapore, and the exhibits have been referred to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), said both agencies in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The items were seized during a routine check by Woodlands Checkpoint officers at about 12.30am on Aug 23.

"In the course of checks, the officer detected e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories in a bag placed in the car boot. Some bottles of the e-cigarette accessories were also found under the rear seat," the statement said.

ICA officers also uncovered more sets of e-cigarettes behind the glove compartment and radio compartment.

Section 16 of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisement and Sales) Act prohibits the import, distribution, sale or offer for sale of any article that is designed to resemble a tobacco product. This includes vaporisers such as e-cigarettes, e-pipes and e-cigars.

The authorities also advised the public not to purchase or bring e-cigarettes into Singapore, and to refrain from using them.

Those with information on the illegal sale of e-cigarettes can call HSA's Tobacco Regulation Branch at 6684-2036 or 6684-2037 during office hours .