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Monday, Apr 21, 2014

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3 fined a total of $95k for selling e-cigarettes

AsiaOne | Monday, Apr 21, 2014

SINGAPORE - Three people have been convicted and fined $95,500 in total for selling electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in a statement today.

The peddlers, two men and one woman, were prosecuted separately over the illegal online sale of 490 sets of e-cigarettes worth an estimated $25,000.

The three cases were detected by the HSA through its online surveillance and enforcement activities, which are targeted at deterring the illegal trade of e-cigarettes in Singapore. The peddlers' websites have since been shut down.

Boo Yee Fong, 32, was handed the stiffest penalty to date and fined $64,500 on April 17.

Chew Yew Yee, 36, and Lew Ying Ying, 29, were fined $10,000 on February 13 and $21,000 on March 10 respectively.

They had purchased the products separately from overseas suppliers located in China, Italy and the United States.

Eight people have been prosecuted so far in the past three years for selling e-cigarettes, said the HSA.

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