Hundreds of illegal vapes seized from two shops in crackdown

Hundreds of illegal vapes were seized <i>(Image: Suffolk Trading Standards)</i>
Hundreds of illegal vapes were seized (Image: Suffolk Trading Standards)

Hundreds of illegal vapes and tobacco products have been seized from shops across the county as part of a crackdown.

Suffolk Trading Standards discovered the vapes, some of which had been over-stickered to disguise the nicotine content, during operations in Lowestoft and Sudbury last week.

In the first shop in Lowestoft, officers seized 495 vapes which did not meet legal requirements.

East Anglian Daily Times: Officers visited stores in Lowestoft and Sudbury
East Anglian Daily Times: Officers visited stores in Lowestoft and Sudbury

Officers visited stores in Lowestoft and Sudbury (Image: Suffolk Trading Standards)

According to Suffolk Trading Standards, some of the vapes offered as many as 10,000 puffs - despite a legal vape offering about 600.

A second shop in Sudbury was also visited by officers.

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A total of 206 vapes were seized, while 132 packets of illegal tobacco were also seized.

A spokesman for Suffolk Trading Standards said: "All the tobacco products are suspected to be illegally imported into the UK without duty being paid and do not comply with the legal packaging and labelling requirements.

"Several of them are also suspected to be counterfeits of popular brands."