Man, 28, becomes first person in NSW to be charged under new vape laws after being ‘found with more than 1,230 devices’
- A man allegedly selling nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in NSW
- Police seized more than 1,230 of banned nicotine vapes
- The catch had a ‘street value’ of $55,000, which equated to about $44 per vape
A man who allegedly sold nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in southwestern NSW has been charged under new laws that came into effect in early October.
Police began the investigation last month and searched a Griffith gas station on Thursday morning, accompanied by NSW Health compliance officers.
They seized more than 1,230 of the banned nicotine vapes.
A man who allegedly sold nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in southwestern NSW has been charged under new laws that came into effect in early October
Police estimated that they had a potential “street value” of $55,000, which equates to about $44 per vape.
A 28-year-old man has been ordered to go to Griffith Local Court on January 19, charged with two counts of banned substances sold by a non-wholesaler.
It is the first time NSW police have announced charges for supplying nicotine-containing vapes since the laws came into effect on October 1.
At that date, nicotine not administered through tobacco cigarettes (sometimes now called “analog cigarettes”) or smoking cessation aids, such as patches and gums, became a Schedule 4 prescription drug, requiring a doctor to approve its use.
Nicotine-containing vapes can still be legally purchased by prescription holders at pharmacies or personally imported from abroad.
Illegal supply of liquid nicotine now carries a maximum penalty of $1650 or six months in prison, or both.
NSW Health told AAP it has a “strong e-cigarette compliance and enforcement program” and “has increased the number of inspectors with powers to seize e-cigarettes.”