Vape products were taken away by Trading Standards officers from Cumbernauld shop

Fears of a concerned parent led to the seizure of more than 150 illegal products from a Cumbernauld shop selling nicotine vapour products, made to look like pocket money items such as sweets and highlighter pens.

By Clare Grant

Details of the swoop, which took place several weeks ago, have just emerged after North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards team went public on the process which led to the offending items being taken away. They have declined to name the business in question.

Test purchases were made amidst allegations that children were buying them and some of the products were judged to fall short of rigorous safety standards. The items are not permitted to contain more than two millilitres of liquid – which represents around 600 ‘puffs’ – but some were found to generate more than 1500 of them.

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Nor did the products comply with legal requirements on labelling, included information, warning size and import details.

Paul Bannister, Protective Services Manager, confirmed: “Our exercise has successfully removed a number of nicotine vapour products from sale, due to safety concerns. However I would ask parents to be alert to the risks of young people using them. Remember, it is unlawful for nicotine vapour products to be supplied to under-18s.

“Disposable vapes contain very high levels of nicotine and we have anecdotal evidence that young people using them have coughed up blood, had nose bleeds and nausea.”