Illegal vapes sold in Newport shop

A company and its director were fined a total of £2,200 for selling illegal electronic cigarettes (vapes) from a shop in the city following a successful prosecution by Newport City Council.
Vape smoke on a coloured background / Mwg anwedd ar gefndir lliw.

Saman Omar Sahidi pleaded guilty to three offences under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and GG Vapes Shop admitted two similar offences. 

A fair trading officer, employed by Newport City Council, was sold an illegal electronic cigarette taken from under the counter in GG Vape Shop in February 2023.

The following day, trading standards officers searched the premises, found concealed storage spaces and seized 574 vapes.

Sahidi resigned as company director in June on the same day that he was interviewed by trading standards.

Cwmbran magistrates fined him £200 and gave him a 12-month community order. He was also ordered to carry out 15 days rehabilitation and to pay a £80 surcharge.

GG Vape Shop Ltd was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay an £80 surcharge.

Newport’s trading standards team was recently reported to have confiscated the third highest amount of illegal vapes in Wales since 2020. 

In January, four commercial premises, including GG Vape Shop, and two residential properties were searched and more than 6.500 illegal disposable vapes and 21,780 illegal cigarettes were seized.

GG Vapes Shop and two other premises were closed for three months following successful applications under the ASB legislation.

Councillor James Clarke, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning, regulation and housing, said: “This court case is the latest in our ongoing work to tackle the sale of illegal vapes as they can be harmful to people’s health and this is crime that can also have far-reaching impacts on our communities.

“I would like to thank our trading standards and legal officers, as well as partners, for their work which resulted in this latest successful prosecution.”