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    Sniffer dog detects illegal vapes in three North Ayrshire shops

    Illegal vape products seized in North Ayrshire (Photo via LDRS)

    By: Stewart McConnell, Local Democracy Reporter

    In a major united approach, Police Scotland Ayrshire teamed up with North Ayrshire Trading Standards and a Consumer Protection dog unit last month, to help tackle the growing problem of illegal vapes, with three stores targeted in the blitz.

    Boo – the hero of the day, a Labrador/German Wirehaired Pointer – was specifically trained to sniff out nicotine produce.

    Five vape stockists across North Ayrshire were visited on 25 April. 

    Sniffer dog detects illegal vapes in three North Ayrshire shops

    Two Irvine stores and a Saltcoats premises were found to be selling illicit nicotine products.  These items were seized.

    Some of these items were very well concealed – but were found in seconds by Boo and his professional dog handler. 

    Counterfeit vapes usually contain dangerously high levels of nicotine, and often do not meet UK standards – failing in child resistant packaging, leakage protection and other major health and safety flaws.

    Some of the disposable vape products seized contained a nicotine equivalent of over 800 cigarettes – over 16 times the UK legal limit.


    (Local Democracy Reporting Service)

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