6,567 illegal vapes have been seized in Buckinghamshire since the start of last year.
The number of illegal vapes seized within the first four months of 2023 is seven times higher than for the whole of 2021, according to a Freedom of Information request made by Vape Club.
In 2002, 504 illegal vaping products were seized, compared to 6,567 illegal vapes gathered through the first 10 months of 2023.
The industry is calling for tighter restrictions and a stronger crackdown. The UKVIA (UK Vaping Industry Association) is calling for the maximum fine for rogue vape sellers to be increased to £10,000 “which would be a real deterrent.”
The South-East of England has recorded the second most vape seizures win the country this year, with only the North-East amounting to more. The South-East amassed 80,052 while the North-East managed 80,434.
The South-East of England also had the highest number of cigarette seizures this year. The number of vape seizures is nearly double that of cigarette seizures.
According to Vape Club director, Dan Marchant, the maximum volume of vape liquid allowed by law in England is 2ml, which equates to 500-700 puffs and any more than that is “usually a reliable indication that the product is not legal.”