Updated: 04/21/2014 22:34

HSA prosecutes three for selling e-cigarettes

Photo: HSA

Photo: HSA

Two men and one woman have been prosecuted in the past three months for the illegal sale of electronic cigarettes - or e-cigarettes. 

490 sets of e-cigarettes with a street value of $25,000 were seized. 

The Health Sciences Authority or HSA says the three had obtained the goods from overseas suppliers for online sale locally. 

Boo Yee Fong, 32, was fined $64,000 last week - the stiffest penalty. 

In the other two cases, Chew Yew Yee, 36,was fined $10,000; and Lew Ying Ying, 29, $21,000.

From 2011 to date, HSA has prosecuted eight persons for selling e-cigarettes. 

Under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisement and Sales) Act, the import, distribution, sale or offer for sale of any article that is designed to resemble a tobacco product are banned in Singapore. 

This includes e-cigarettes, e-pipes and e-cigars. 

The HSA says e-cigarettes are being marketed as a safer alternative to conventional cigarette smoking and as a way to quit smoking. 

However, it says there is no conclusive scientific evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in helping smokers quit tobacco use. 

This is also the position of the World Health Organization. 

The authorities are also concerned e-cigarettes could potentially be a gateway to developing a smoking habit, particularly among the young. 

The HSA has reminded the public to refrain from using e-cigarettes and to discard any in their possession.

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