Vons is one of the online vape retail giant’s biggest sellers, with more than 4,500 online shops selling products including a range of electronic cigarette cartridges.
But a major online retailer of electronic cigarettes in Singapore, which is seeking approval from the Health Ministry for its sale, said Vons had been a major retailer of e-cigarettes for a long time and would stop selling it.
“The e-cigarette industry is booming in Singapore.
People are trying new products, experimenting with new flavours, vaping,” said Paul Cheung, who heads the retail arm of Vons.”
But now we see a trend of people being less and less comfortable with the risks and they are using more nicotine and other chemicals to create an e-cig experience that is not as safe as it could be.”
He said VONS would stop supplying electronic cigarettes to the online retailer and would be working with its partners to remove e-cigs from the site.
He said the online retail giant would work with local businesses to develop more e-liquid products and services.
“We’re very supportive of the e-commerce sector in Singapore,” he said.
“But we are aware that there are a lot of risks in this industry, so we’re working to make sure we are taking the necessary steps to reduce those risks.”
The online retailer said it would continue to offer e-juice and vapor products to customers in Singapore but said it did not want to make the site a destination for customers who were not willing to be exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals.
“While we do not want people to be harmed, we also want them to be able to make informed choices,” said Cheung.
“It’s very important to us that we take our responsibility as a responsible retailer very seriously and have our customers’ safety and well-being at the forefront of our decision-making.”
At the same time, we will continue to work with the authorities in Singapore to address concerns about our online shop and our e-store, and we will work to provide a safe and healthy e-vapor experience to our customers.
“The Health Ministry said it was working with Singapore to review e-Cigarette Retailers Act (ECRA) rules.
The eCigarettes Act was passed by Parliament in 2012 and comes into effect from June 1 next year.
It prohibits e-colas and vaporizers from being sold in shops that sell tobacco products.
It allows retailers to sell nicotine-containing products at a discount, such as e-bombs, as long as they are not mixed with tobacco.
E-cigarette sales are booming in China, where many are looking for a cheaper alternative to traditional cigarettes.
In Singapore, sales of eCigs rose 6.2 percent in the first three months of the year to an estimated $1.5 billion.