E-cig sellers smoked out
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.