Derby shops closed and nearly £500,000 worth of illegal vapes seized across city

Derby City Council officials have closed five shops and seized nearly £500,000 worth of illegal vapes. The council has purchased an extra storage container for the evidence and is training dogs to find illegal vapes.

Evidence of primary and secondary school pupils smoking e-cigarettes is linked to the seizures. To date, five shops have been closed, with items seized from 34 shops in total. The council has received 36 complaints relating to the underage sale of vapes.

Robyn Dewis, Derby’s public health director, said vapes were a useful tool to help people quit smoking.