Since one year in Belgium, the online sale of electronic cigarettes and their refills is prohibited. Yet consumers continue to order on the internet. 48% of these products purchased online do not provide enough information on the amount of nicotine. Customs services make numerous entries.
At Brussels Airport on Thursday morning, inspectors from the Ministry of Public Health conducted several investigations. They opened 400 packages containing electronic cigarettes and their refills purchased abroad via internet.
These purchases are considered illegal because the products do not comply with the safety rules applied in Belgium. « Look at this product, spear Paul Van Den Meerssche, head of the inspection service of the FPS Public Health. Its packaging resembles that of a pack of fruit candies. However, it is forbidden to cover the packaging of items that are reminiscent of candy because it attracts children".
In fact, 48% of the products bought abroad by Internet do not indicate correctly the quantity of nicotine present and especially its effects. Another finding: 62% of imported products do not inform consumers about safety instructions. " The information does not appear, criticizes Paul Van Den Meerssche. Neither in French nor in Dutch or German. Another absence: the numbers to contact in the event of an accident while it is obligatory at European level".
The main products targeted are those from Asia and America. Confiscated products are destroyed. To legally obtain an electronic cigarette in Belgium, it is mandatory to go through a specialized store.
source : Rtl.be/