Hundreds of 'illegal' vapes seized as cops raid shop in Scots town

Hundreds of 'illegal' vapes have been seized after cops raided a shop in a Scots town.

In a joint sting operation on May 27 with North Ayrshire Trading Standards, cops visited several shops stocking the electric cigarette-style devices. They found one store in Irvine selling unregulated counterfeits.

Around 220 devices were confiscated from the location and it is unknown if cops or the trading standards authority took any further action.

Police across the country have been cracking down on the sale of illegal devices that are often targeted at young people and teens.

Last week the Record reported how police and trading standards seized hundreds of illegal supersized vapes in North Lanarkshire.

Following today's operation, a spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "In a continued intelligence-led partnership with North Ayrshire Trading Standards, police today attended several vape stockists in North Ayrshire.

"Vapes are regulated in the UK, and there is specific guidance which must be met. These include maximum nicotine strength, maximum liquid capacity, compliant packaging and health warnings.

"Within one Irvine store alone today, 220 counterfeit vapes were found and seized."

They continued: "The illegal vaping market not only undermines other retailers operating within the law, but also drives more young people to experiment with vapes, and risk addiction.

"If you have information regarding underaged or illegal product sales please report to 101, or your local Trading Standards authority.

"For guaranteed anonymity, contact Crimestoppers Scotland on 0800 555111."

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