HSA prosecutes three for selling e-cigarettes
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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