A new campaign by the UKVIA (UK Vaping Industry Association) has been launched called “Be Vape Vigilant”.

UKVIA vape vigilant

The initiative is to call on consumers, vape professionals and the public to report illicit and illegal vape sellers.

Sadly vapes are still getting into the hands of those under 18. All reputable stores will check for ID, but somehow kids are still getting hold of them.

This puts the whole vape industry in a negative light – we have all heard people complaining about “all the kids’ vaping”.

Also in the spotlight are vapes which are either counterfeit or do not comply with TPD regulations – we have covered how to spot this in our guide.

spot a dodgy vape
Image courtesy of Lincolnshire Trading Standards

The problem with counterfeit products is the fact the ingredients or electrics could be dangerous, so we need to make sure these are kept out of the hands of the public.

So now it is time for everyone to stand up and try to stop this happening.

The UKVIA say…

“The only way to stop youth vaping in its tracks is by getting to the root of the problem – rogue traders.”

Why & How To Report

According to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), around 1/3 of shops are guilty of engaging in under age vape sales and as many as 1 in 3 vape products may be non TPD compliant.

Also as things stand right now the CTSI do not have the resources to tackle this problem. By reporting your concerns this should mean that their resources will be targeted effectively.

vape vigilant QR codeScan the QR code on the left with your phone camera to be directed to the website to report. Alternatively head over to www.bevapevigilant.co.uk.

Fill in the “file a report” section with the name and location of the retailer.

Also add a description of why you are reporting them.

Reports will then be passed onto the relevant authorities and progress will be monitored.

report illegal vape

Michelle

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

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