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Perth police seize $10 million worth of illegal vapes and “nangs”

Health Department officers received a tip-off about the haul.

An estimated $10 million worth of illegal vapes have been seized by the WA Health Department in a warehouse in Perth’s north-east.

The seizure included 15 tonnes of vapes, and more than 10 tonnes of nitrous oxide, also known as “nangs”.

This is believed to be the largest bust in the nation.

Health Department officers revealed that a tip-off led them to the mega haul, which was processed through the black market.

The Australian government, in partnership with state health ministers, are working to ban the importation of all vaping products due to the serious health risks they present.

WA Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson congratulated officers with the seizure.

“It’s great work by the compliance officers and the local government involved,” she said.

“It’s appalling to see vapes targeted at children, and these clearly are with their flavours and their colours and the names.”

This seizure is part of a wider crackdown on the sale of illegal vapes and misuse of nitrous oxide.

Ms Sanderson reminded the public about the dangers of these products and how they are designed to appeal to a younger demographic.

“Nicotine is a highly addictive and dangerous poison, and we know vapes also contain many other toxic substances and are designed to appeal to young people,” she said.

“Vapes and e-cigarettes can contain up to 200 toxic chemicals, including the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer, bug spray and paint stripper.”

In WA, under the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014, the maximum penalty for selling nicotine vapes is $45,000 and imprisonment for three years for an individual, or $225,000 for a company.

Ms Sanderson says anyone who has information regarding the illegal sale of e-cigarettes or vapes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.


Photo: Disposable Vapes by Vaping360 is available HERE and used under a Creative Commons license. This image has not been modified.

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