According to a June 28 report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), nearly 500,000 illegal e-cigarettes have been seized in the British port of Dover since the beginning of this year.
In Dover, law enforcement officers seized 13,000 e-cigarettes containing nicotine oil in one week, which contains more than nine times the required volume of oil. According to British law, the e-cigarette oil content is limited to 2ml (about 600 puffs). Unknown to the public, some of these illegal products offer up to 10,000 puffs, which is more than 10 times the legal standard capacity.
In addition, on June 27, a source revealed that British Customs and Excise, in conjunction with the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) at Heathrow Airport (LHR Airport), are strictly checking the number of puffs of e-cigarette products. The knowledgeable person said, “This time the inspection is very strict, found out directly confiscated, no can react the opportunity.” Its introduction, in March this year, the MHRA has been and customs at LHR airport to carry out a joint enforcement, seized a lot of products.
According to a previous Guardian report, the Guardian synthesized public information from 125 local authorities in the UK and found that since the beginning of 2020, the UK Trading Standards department has seized several 2.5 million illegal e-cigarettes.