Since January 1, flavored vapes may no longer be sold. Yet you still see plenty of young people in the city with such a vape and not all of them were purchased last year. AT5 conducted a tour of thirty tobacco shops in the city and seven of those shops appear to still sell the vapes.
Some retailers say they are depleting their stock. Three stores say they will continue selling despite the ban. And that is bad, according to the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). “These stores must of course simply stop selling flavored vapes, because that is prohibited. They must take into account that the NVWA can show up on their doorstep at any time and risk a hefty fine of up to around €2,000.” euros,” said the NVWA.
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A boy we spoke to says that he no longer buys his vapes in a store. How? “Just through a guy like that, who sells some vapes. He then orders it and I can just get it from him. You just add a guy like that on Snapchat and then I add him. And if I think : I actually feel like having a vape. And then I buy a vape from him.”
The NVWA now says it is mainly focusing on these types of distributors, as well as importers and producers, and the fines they can receive are therefore a lot more expensive, up to a maximum of 4,500 euros. According to the NVWA, it is still too early to see the effect of enforcement. But what do the young people themselves see? “People around me and friends are just vaping as much as before. Maybe even more. Because it’s harder to get, they’re buying more so they don’t have to get it as often.