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£11,000 of illegal vapes seized from town centre shop

The Driffield Community Policing Team recently worked alongside Trading Standards officers from East of Yorkshire Council with a warrant that saw over £11,000 worth of illegal vapes seized from a shop in Driffield town centre.

Two visits were made to the E.U. Mini Market on Market Place as part of Operation CeCe, a national initiative that aims to tackle sales of illegal tobacco products.

The officers did not discover any illegal tobacco products but instead uncovered over 750 dangerous E-Cigs, worth more than £11,000.

The tank capacity of the illegal vapes was 3,500 – the legal capacity should not exceed 600 puffs.

E.U. Mini Mart. Market Place, Driffield

“Trading Standards have undertaken two visits to the E.U. Mini Market, 36 Market Place, Driffield, as part of their commitment to the national Operation CeCe, designed to disrupt the sale of illegal tobacco products,” said an East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson.

“Visits were undertaken on 16th November and again on 15th December.

“No illegal tobacco products were found on either of these occasions but during the visits a total of 753 unsafe electronic cigarettes were seized with a retail value in excess of £11,000.

“Regulations state that these products cannot contain tank capacities greater than 2ml or 600 puffs.

“The ones discovered had a capacity of 3,500 puffs. This is an international problem right now.

“The large capacity vapes used to be exported to the US and China but regulations have now changed in both countries meaning there are lots of these on the market with very few countries to deal with.

“We have seen similar cases in the East Riding.”

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