SINGAPORE — Eight people have been convicted for selling electronic vaporisers and related components online, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Monday (5 April).
More than $50,000 worth of e-vaporisers and components were seized.
The offenders, aged between 26 and 41, were fined $172,500 in total between November last year and February.
They had bought the illegal items from overseas suppliers and sold them via social media and e-commerce platforms, said HSA in a press release.
One repeat offender, Akmal Syafiq Marzuki, 33, was also jailed for one week along with a fine of $61,000 in February.
"Akmal Syafiq would import his stocks from overseas and post images of the prohibited items for sale online. He used four accounts on two online platforms, Instagram and Carousell, to advertise and arrange for the sale of e-vaporisers, components of e-vaporisers and e-liquids with nicotine," said HSA.
Another offender, Sarah Davinia Ng See Mun, Emaline, 32, sold other items on Carousell but turned to selling e-vaporisers for higher profits, said HSA.
"Ng had operated this online business illegally with her husband, who had assisted to deliver the products to customers, since February 2019. HSA detected this illegal activity and apprehended her on 11 March 2019, putting a stop to her illegal business within a month," said HSA.
Ng was fined $11,000 in December. Her husband was issued with a warning by HSA for his role in helping Ng to deliver the illegal items to customers.
Apart from the eight offenders, one man, Chia Wen Zhe, 25, was also fined $500 in January for possession of an e-vaporiser.
HSA said that from January 2018 to February this year, 43 people were prosecuted for selling e-vaporisers. The highest fine meted out was $99,000.
Meanwhile, from February 2018 to February this year, 2,588 people were caught for possession and use of e-vaporisers and related components.
Under the law, it is an offence to sell, possess for sale, import or distribute e-vaporisers and related components. Offenders face a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to six months' jail. Repeat offenders face a fine of up to $20,000 and/or up to a year in jail.
It is also an offence to possess, purchase or use e-vaporisers and related components. Offenders face a fine of up to $2,000.
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