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19th May 2022

HSE urges public to stop using popular e-cigarette

Stephen Porzio

Those who have used one of these products already and feel unwell should contact their GP.

The HSE is urging the public to stop using certain e-cigarettes from the Aroma King range of disposable vapes.

In a statement, the health service said the products are non-compliant with EU tobacco legislation, while also asking retailers to cease selling them.

It comes as the HSE’s National Tobacco Control Office submitted alerts to Safety Gate, the EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products.

This was after discovering the products contain more than the permitted amount of nicotine (20mg/ml or 2%).

46 Aroma King disposable e-cigarettes in a number of ranges and flavours were sampled and analysed by the HSE and found to have a nicotine concentration higher than the allowed amount, with levels up to 50.4mg/ml detected.

This is as the declared nicotine concentration on the packaging indicates a nicotine concentration of 20mg/ml.

The affected products are listed below:

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The HSE has contacted all major Irish distributors of e-cigarettes and refill containers that it is aware of.

It is also in the process of contacting known retailers of these products.

“As a precautionary measure, our message for the public is to check your e-cigarette product against the list of products involved in this alert,” Regional Chief Environmental Health Officer at the HSE Dr Maurice Mulcahy said.

“If you have one of these products, we want you to stop using it and return it to the shop where you bought it.

“If you have already used it and feel unwell then you should contact your GP as the first point of contact.

‘‘We are asking retailers to stop selling the products listed below and to contact us with the full supplier traceability details.

“If retailers have sold or distributed any of the listed products below we want them to recall them by displaying a recall notice in a prominent position on their retail premises and on their website.”

Retailers with any queries on this matter can contact the HSE at [email protected].