Illegal vape buyers use code words to get supplies in Singapore

Buyers use code words when getting supplies from sellers tucked away in malls

One of the shops suspected of selling illegal vaping devices. Though the devices are not displayed, those who know the code words and ask the right questions can still get their supply of vape pens and refill capsules. From February last year, it has
One of the shops suspected of selling illegal vaping devices. Though the devices are not displayed, those who know the code words and ask the right questions can still get their supply of vape pens and refill capsules. From February last year, it has become illegal to possess, purchase and use vapes here.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

A man strolls into a convenience store in a corner of a mall along Orchard Road, asking for "cartridges".

Elsewhere, in a hardware store in Woodlands, a customer walks in looking to buy "juice".

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Vape culture still alive - underground'. Subscribe