Vaping advocates predict regulations will only increase illicit trade
Published in CSP Daily News
By Melissa Vonder Haar, Tobacco Editor
LONDON — As the popularity of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) has risen, so has a much darker problem: black market and counterfeit products. Liberty Flights founder Matthew Moden told The Wall Street Journal that black market versions of his company’s vapor products have popped up in markets across the globe.
These black market products are usually made with cheaper materials, such as dead batteries or e-liquids with dangerously high levels of nicotine, and sell for well-below market rates.
“We do see a vast number of substandard products being sold,” Emma Logan, a director at the Edinburgh, Scotland-based JAC Vapour Ltd., told the newspaper.