e-cigarette shops in Singapore have been shut down by authorities because of the recent spate of suspected tobacco smoking, prompting fears the industry is on the brink of collapse.
Key points:The Singapore Health Authority has advised smokers to avoid smoking in public, as authorities clamp down on tobacco-related crimeThere are concerns e-cig sales are also at risk of being used to smuggle drugs and weaponsThe ban comes just weeks after a massive crackdown by the authorities on tobacco use in the city of more than 50 million people.
Since then, officials have closed down almost 2,000 shops, including some of the countrys largest e-vapor shops.
They have also shut down several bars, including one that sells nicotine-laced cigarettes.
Last week, Singaporean police arrested two suspects for selling e-cigs and have ordered a review of the laws around the sale of the products.
The government said it had taken several measures to reduce the potential for the sale and use of tobacco in the country.
The crackdown comes after Singapore police detained two men on suspicion of selling nicotine-containing cigarettes in a bar in Changi on Wednesday.
One of them, who had his face covered, said he had tried to buy cigarettes for himself but was stopped by the police.
The Singapore Police said it was looking into reports that some shops had been selling e to people who were under the influence of the drug.
“We have taken steps to restrict sales of e-liquid and e-juice products to persons who are under the age of 18 and under control of a legal authority, and to ensure that the supply of e is controlled,” the Singapore Health Authorities said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that it would also “examine and act on any reports of illegal sale of e nicotine.”