Singapore Slings Vapers in Jail

It comes to something when a lifesaving hobby becomes literally a matter of life and death – however in Singapore where vaping is outlawed this is exactly what it means to be a vaper.

The story of Vaper X is a few months old now – but shows the lengths some ignorant governments will go to smash vaping – literally.

Singapore vaper arrested

In the strange world we’re living in I am forced to call him Vaper X because he really does fear retribution from his government should his identity be leaked.

Up until a year ago vaping and vape products were perfectly legal in Singapore. However that all changed in 2015 when vaping and the possession of vaping products was banned overnight making it a criminal offence.

Vaping in Secret to Avoid the Cops

Vaper X had quit smoking and taken up vaping for health reasons and despite the ban decided to carry on:

“Obviously didn’t stop vaping for health reasons and it had already became a huge hobby of mine. I have always been a low profile vaper. I only vaped at home and in my office. Never in public. I’ve never sold a single mod or a bottle of juice” he said.

With his only option to buy online he did so only to realize a package of vape products bought for personal use had been seized by customs and had become a full-blown criminal investigation.

And yeah the police kicked his door in – wrecked his home and found a whole host of vaping equipment.

Unbelievably they checked his phone demanding, during interrogation, for him to, if you like, ‘grass’ on his contacts who were also vapers.

To his credit he was able to resist giving up names but was told he faced a fine of up to $20,000 or be sent to jail for a year – or both.

“Yes, I can possibly go to jail because I vape. Alone. At home” he said.

And all this for being a vaper – it truly beggars belief.

Government Clamp Down on Vaping and Vapers

Despite the stress and with no chance of vaping again Vaper X tried approved nicotine products and every device known to man including high strength patches.

However after 3 weeks of trying and 3 years of none smoking the stress became too much and he bought and smoked his first packet of cigarettes.

“I hate myself as I smoked but at the same time it provided me with the relief. I still smoke now but the hatred for both the government and myself brews every time I light one up.”

Sadly the story of Vaper X is but one in hundreds of similar tales coming out of Singapore.

Vapers homes and businesses are raided regularly and many vapers are now awaiting trial.

The UK government has tried to intervene pointing out e-cigarettes and vaping are a better alternative to smoking – however this has fallen on deaf ears.

The Singapore government won’t be drawn on the matter apart from a curt, and one has to say ignorant, comment:

“Vaporisers may contain cancer causing agents and could possibly be a gateway for children and teenagers to start smoking.”

A strange comment given smoking – proven beyond doubt to cause cancer – is allowed.

Here in the west we know this to be untrue and with more and more research and more and more facts coming out to back this up surely it can only be a matter of time before Vaper X and his mates can vape on without the threat of a huge fine or imprisonment.

One can hope.

Vaper X Scared But Hopeful

So today as you are told you cannot vape in a pub or restaurant – despite that being a ridiculous rule – imagine being one of our Singapore vaping brothers and sisters.

I’ll leave the last word to Vaper X:

“We’ve never harmed anyone. We never sold any vaping products. And yet we are being prosecuted.

I’m posting this on public wifi so I can only answer questions for the next hour or so.

This account will never be used again. Sorry for the paranoia, but I have to be careful.

I’m signing off now. Thanks for all the comments and questions.

I’ll continue to read your comments but I’ll never login here again.

May vaping be accepted worldwide soon. Vape well guys, I hope I’ll be back with you guys soon. I miss vaping.”

Vape On dude…

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Neil Humber
I began vaping in 2012 and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! DTL: Lost Vape DNA75C BF - Dead Rabbit SQ - MTL: JacVapour Sandstorm DNA 75 + Savour RTA...Beater set-up Lost Vape DNA 250c and Reload RTA I'm a former journalist and now a writer and author.. I'm an Army veteran - adore dogs and never happier than with a good book on a beach.

39 COMMENTS

  1. I hate being put in with smokers. Vaping is not smoking, it’s vaporizing and not burning. I wnat my freedom to vape because it is safer than smoking. Why not encurrage smokers to switch to vaping and save money on hospitals?

  2. I think governments that make vaping illegal are themselves the criminals, vaping will save millions if not billions of lives.

  3. it’s crazy to see the increasing evidence of just how much big tobacco has the fingers in everyone’s pie-hole… bad joss

  4. Kind of proves that vaping could be a real big money maker it they wouldn’t want to regulate it so bad. It’s all about the $$$

  5. I find the FDA regulations to be completely ridiculous. I read that shop employees are no longer allowed to build coils or even troubleshoot issues on broken devices, because they’d then be considered “tobacco manufacturers”. It kills me

  6. all because government and big tobacco are seeing how much lighter their wallets have been getting ..big tobacco are giants and giants do not fall

  7. The cigarette companies and big pharmaceutical companies are the real villains here. The cigarette companies reasons are obvious and the pharmaceuticals would rather have you buying their quit smoking pills and nicotine patches. They seem to think regulate means to kill.

  8. This is crazy and sounds like Pa. and them taxing vaping and making it a crime to bring vape gear across state lines.

  9. This is unbelievable. I wish all vapers in Singapore that they are able to fight against this legislation, which has been based on other interests than harm reduction and good science, obviously.

  10. They ban things because it “may contain cancer causing chemicals” yet they stil allow cigarettes that do actually contain cancer causing chemicals… SMRT

  11. I agree. There is far worse stuff out there they could be focusing on. It’s all about power trip and money. They think it’s going to be a easy win.

  12. Why can’t the authorities leave us alone? We’re doing no harm! I can’t even go for a beer without being turfed out of my locals for vaping! Ridiculous!!

  13. Unfortunately sadly government have been taking their power to far. They shouldn’t be able to interfere in our choices

  14. Well what can one say as a comment to that? Nothing springs to mind except the Singapore government are like all governments across this stupid little globe after money! by banning vaping it has pushed people like Vaper X back to smoking I find this totally deplorable! thank you for posting such an interesting read.

  15. this is so unsettling. i tried everything to quit before vaping including chantix. vaping let me quit and now, 4yrs out, i cant imagine not vaping and/or going back to rolling 3pks a day. this article is so sad.

  16. This is tearable go to jail for vaping it’s because the cigarette company’s are losing money vaping is a way better choice

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