I'm running out of e cig cartridges. Anywhere to buy in SG? Don't wanna buy on Alibaba etc, since I read that the quality is often not that good. Any tips appreciated.
Prohibition on imitation tobacco products
In Singapore, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are currently prohibited under Secion 16 (1) of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, which is enforced by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). This legislation prohibits the importation, distribution, sale or offer for sale of any confectionery or other food product or any toy or other article that is designed to resemble a tobacco product or the packaging of which is designed to resemble the packaging commonly associated with tobacco products. HSA takes a serious view on any person who contravenes the law. Those guilty of the offence are liable to a fine of up to $5, 000 upon conviction.
More information on the health risks of e-cigarettes can be found at HPB's website at: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/smokefree/article.aspx?id=674
Should you have any information on the import or sales of such electronic smoking products in Singapore, you may report to the Tobacco Regulation Branch at Tel: 6684 2036/2037 or Email: [email protected]
Electronic addiction: Facts about e-cigarettes
The electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is touted as the healthier alternative to cigarettes by its manufacturers. However, WHO has never officially endorsed e-cigarettes!
E-cigarettes are devices made to resemble real cigarettes.
An e-cigarette consists of a mouthpiece , a heating element, a rechargeable battery and is activated with a cartridge which contains a liquid chemical mixture. The liquid chemical mixture is composed of nicotine (a highly addictive substance found in cigarettes), propylene glycol (a known irritant when inhaled or ingested) and may also contain many other harmful chemicals found in conventional cigarettes. An e-cigarette also has a LED light at the end of the device which lights up to simulate the process of combustion when the smoker inhales.
As the user inhales through the e-cigarette, a heating element powered by a rechargeable battery is activated and vaporises the liquid chemical mixture, generating a fine heated mist.
The fine mist generated contains nicotine that is inhaled and absorbed into the user s lungs.
Some marketers of e-cigarettes have claimed that their product is an effective nicotine replacement therapy and a smoking cessation aid endorsed by the World Health Organizations (WHO).However, WHO had issued a press statement in September 2008 stating that it does not support e-cigarettes as a legitimate therapy to help smokers quit as there is a lack of conclusive scientific evidence to substantiate the efficacy, safety and quality of e-cigarettes. WHO also called on marketers of e-cigarettes to immediately stop the unproved claims on e-cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes have so far been proven to be neither safe nor effective in helping smokers quit. More research still needs to be done to establish the usefulness of e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.
Although e-cigarettes do not contain some of the harmful substances found in normal cigarettes, this does not mean that they are entirely harmless. The nicotine present still poses a health risk to users.
Users may still develop a dependence or addiction to nicotine by inhaling the fine nicotine mist produced by e-cigarettes.
Imitation tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes are prohibited by law. For more information on imitation products, please click here.