Council shuts this Stoke-on-Trent shop in dodgy vapes raid

A shop has been ordered to remain closed for three months - after council concerns. North Staffordshire Justice Centre ordered the closure of Suli's Vapes - on Waterloo Road, in Burslem - following a Stoke-on-Trent City Council Trading Standards probe.

The shop had opened in November 2022. But non-complaint vapes, e-liquids and shisha tobacco have been seized from the shop which has also been caught selling vapes to under-18s on three occasions.

Now the council has successfully applied for the closure notice which has been backed by magistrates.

Councillor Amjid Wazir, cabinet member for enforcement, said: "We have seen a huge increase in vaping as an alternative to cigarettes over the last few years. Originally for those attempting to give up smoking, the bright colours and sweet flavours are now worryingly attracting younger audiences so it is essential store owners remain vigilant when selling these products.

“Illegal vapes, such as those seized during these visits, have an additional public health risk. They often have excessively high levels of nicotine, over the limits set by law, and will not have been authorised by MHRA. This makes them highly addictive and potentially harmful to a person’s health. Our trading standards team remain vigilant and continue to act on any intelligence residents share with us.”

To report dodgy shops call trading standards on 08082 231133 or 01782 238884.

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