UK Vape Retailers Warned Over Circulation of Non-Compliant Products

Disposable e-cigs are rising in popularity, with some retailers reportedly selling 600 to 700 devices per week.

Vaping products which do meet UK standards (such as having a nicotine content of over 20mg) are making their way into unsuspecting convenience stores, as sellers aim to capitalize on booming demand for some disposable e-cigarette brands such as Elf Bar and Geek Bar.

These disposable devices which are pre-filled with e-liquids and can be discarded after use, are rising in popularity with some retailers reportedly selling 600 to 700 devices per week.

“They’re a really popular product and I sell between 50 to 100 each week. However, I expect more as the craze is on an upwards momentum. The margins are really good as I buy them for £2.90 and sell them to customers for £5.99,” said a retailer in Pontefract, as quoted by betterRetailing.

“Products that are illegal for UK resale, such as Geek Bar Pro, have been developed for the American market. You look at the packaging and they literally say ‘For the USA’. Do not touch anything with a nicotine content higher than 20mg,” added another.

Growing concern about disposable vapes

Meanwhile, the US is also growing concerned about the availability of disposable vapes. “This emerging shift in youth e-cigarette use according to device type aligns with retail sales data indicating increased sales of disposable e-cigarettes. Ongoing efforts to further address youth e-cigarette use across the diversity of device types, including disposable products, are critical,” reported an article on The New England Journal of Medicine.

To this effect, the FDA has recently sent warning letters to ten vape businesses including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), asking them to remove their flavoured disposable e-cigarettes off the market since they do not have the required PreMarket Authorization. These new actions are part of the agency’s efforts to remove products it considers appealing to teens from the market.

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