Illegal vape buyers use code words to get supplies in Singapore

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

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

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".

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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'. Print Edition | Subscribe