E-cig sell­ers smoked out

The Straits Times - - HOME - Theresa Tan

To boost sales of e-cig­a­rettes on his web­site, Mr Boo Yee Fong, who is in his 30s, held a lucky draw – the more peo­ple spent, the more chances they had to win.

He bought his sup­plies from ven­dors over­seas and made a profit of about $12,000 be­fore he was busted by the Health Sciences Au­thor­ity (HSA). The HSA also shut down his web­site.

Mr Boo, one of 245 e-va­por­iser ped­dlers caught by the HSA in the past five years, was fined the largest amount handed out to an e-cig­a­rette ped­dler so far. He was fined $64,500 in 2014.

An­other per­son caught was Mr Kerry Tan, who used “vapekitty” as his In­sta­gram han­dle.

The 25-year-old worked in sales but had a side­line sell­ing e-va­por­is­ers il­le­gally on­line for be­tween $140 and $280 each, as well as re­lated items.

He made be­tween $3,000 and $4,000 in profit over about two years be­fore he was caught. He was fined $21,000 last Novem­ber.

An­other man caught was Mr Sa­muel Lye, 58.

Mr Lye, who runs a bowl­ing shop, was va­p­ing at his store when a client asked him to buy e-cig­a­rettes.

He im­ported his wares from e-com­merce web­site Alibaba, and sold the client 12 sets of e-cig­a­rettes for $640.

De­spite be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the HSA, he con­tin­ued to im­port more e-cig­a­rettes and was fined $5,500 in Oc­to­ber last year.

Mr Boo Yee Fong, one of 245 e-va­por­iser ped­dlers caught by the HSA in the past five years, was fined the largest amount handed out to an e-cig­a­rette ped­dler so far. He was fined $64,500 in 2014.

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