Over-sized vapes have been amongst 1000’s of illegal units seized within the county.
Kent County Council Buying and selling Requirements found 6,807 unlawful vapes throughout numerous raids over a fortnight.
Some units have been six instances the authorized restrict of 12ml of liquid and others registered a energy of 50mg/ml which is 2 and a half instances over the authorized restrict.
The remaining 5,048 vapes seized didn’t have the required approvals from the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA), which means there was no producer assure the vapes have been freed from harmful substances.
Others failed to satisfy the labelling necessities essential to make the product protected.
Vapeman, Magic Bar, Elf Bar and Geek Bar Professional have been among the many manufacturers seized.
Principal Buying and selling Requirements officer Oliver Jewell stated: “Kent Buying and selling Requirements is working exhausting to get these hazardous merchandise off the cabinets.
“Disposable e-cigarette units are thought-about stylish and enchantment to younger individuals. They’re additionally designed to assist people who smoke break the behavior.
“However with the surge in recognition of vaping, some merchandise are being rushed onto the UK market, or diverted from different abroad markets, and should not have been by the complete UK checks to verify they’re protected.
“Consequently, unlawful vapes can pose a hazard to well being. Enterprise who sells vapes that don’t have the appropriate approvals are additionally breaking the regulation and will face fines.”
Kent County Council cupboard member for neighborhood and regulatory companies, Cllr Mike Hill, stated: “We’re involved concerning the excessive quantity of units discovered that failed to satisfy the required security requirements.
“We wish customers and companies to all the time verify merchandise meet security necessities so nobody’s well being is put in danger.
“If anybody has issues unlawful vapes are being bought, together with to younger individuals, please report them to Buying and selling Requirements by way of the Residents Recommendation client helpline 0808 223 1133.
“Kent enterprise wanting assist and recommendation can contact Buying and selling Requirements by calling 03000 412020 or emailing [email protected]”