Electric cigarettes nabbed in first time raid

A stock of electric cigarettes worth Rs. 800,000 was nabbed by the Gampaha Excise Department at an electronic equipment shop near the Peliyagoda flyover, yesterday.

They also arrested an individual who had the stock of electric cigarettes in possession.

The stock included 710 electronic cigarettes which took the shape of ballpoint pens and 920 vials with 20ml of tobacco liquid each.

Gampaha Assistant Excise Commissioner R.M. Ratnayake said that such electric cigarettes have never been nabbed before in Sri Lanka. The officers of the Excise Department have disguised as possible buyers of the stock to carry out the raid. The electronic cigarette takes the shape of a pen inside of which is filled with a tobacco liquid. According to the forensic report, electronic cigarettes are harmful to the human body.

The suspect was produced before the Wattala magistrate yesterday. 

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