Illegal e-cigarettes found for sale in stores in Gillingham seized by Medway Trading Standards

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Dozens of illegal e-cigarettes were seized by trade standards officers after they were found sold in stores.

The Medway Council team are now warning companies selling such items to ensure they are not breaking the law after discoveries at several Gillingham stores.

Medway Trading Standards seized over 150 illegal items of electronic cigarettes sold in Gillingham. Photo: Medway Council

Over the past week, the Trading Standards department removed 150 disposable electronic cigarettes from shelves that did not meet legal requirements.

Some of the products had incorrect labeling and reservoirs up to three times the legal limit of 2ml.

Other devices also lacked information on nicotine content, sufficient health warnings to comply with UK law or contact details for the UK-based manufacturer or importer to contact in the event of a safety concern.

Most of the products were found to have been designed in accordance with the rules in force in the United States, which have different laws regarding the sale of electronic cigarettes and electronic liquids.

The trade standards team was reportedly told by store owners that they had been approached by mobile salespeople often selling the items in vans.

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council Business Standards Portfolio Holder, said: “The health and well-being of all of our residents is our top priority and I implore retailers to remain vigilant and verify that e- cigarettes and e-liquids that they may have for sale meet government requirements.

“Companies are encouraged to only purchase products from reputable suppliers and, if they are unsure, they are encouraged to contact our negotiating standards team for advice.

“I would like to thank our dedicated Bargaining Standards Officers for their hard work in protecting residents. “

Residents and businesses concerned about the safety or legality of e-cigarettes and e-liquids can contact Medway’s Business Standards team by emailing [email protected] or calling on 0808 223 1133 or by visiting medway.gov.uk/tradingstandards

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