12 August 2023
By Summer Raemason, The Sun
AN URGENT warning has been issued to parents as illegal mega tornado vapes can easily be bought online by children.
The disposable R and M’s Tornado 9000 contains extremely high nicotine levels – about the same amount as 100 cigarettes.
Youngsters are shockingly able to buy the vapes online, without any ID taking place upon order or delivery.
Based in China, the manufacturer is packing a staggering 18ml of liquid into their rainbow candy flavoured product – nine times more than the legal UK limit.
This liquid also contains 50mg per ml of nicotine, which is five per cent, while the maximum allowed in Britain is just two per cent.
Another popular brand of vape, Elf Bars, were also recently taken off the shelves after it was discovered they contained 3.2ml of nicotine.
John Dunne, director general of the UK Vaping Industry Association, told the Mirror: “This is a backdoor for illegal vapes into the UK. Technically, the retailer in China is breaking UK law, but what is going to happen to them?
“As far as I am aware, consumers can purchase products from outside the UK but do run the risk of them being seized by customs.
“It is also technically legal for companies to import these types of products if they are for resale out of the UK and EU.
“This is a loophole we want closed down which could be done by requiring companies doing that to use bonded warehouses.”
This comes as the under age vaping “epidemic” continues to plague the UK.
A 13-year-old boy was recently rushed to hospital after being found passed out in a toilet at school.
It is believed the teen had suffered the “minor medical incident” as a result of vaping.
And, eight children from a single school were hospitalised after using e-cigarettes, according to an MP.
Dr Johnson, who has represented Sleaford and North Hykeham in Lincolnshire since 2016, said that the group of children at a school in her constituency were rushed to hospital “over the last few months”.
Meanwhile, NHS figures revealed 40 youngsters under the age of 19 were admitted to hospital over the past year because of illegally-sold vapes.
Among them were 15 children aged nine or under – up from 12 last year and just two the year before.
Paediatric chest physician Prof Andy Bush told Sky News vaping was more harmful to children than smoking.
He added: “If a teenager starts smoking cigarettes, probably the worst that’s going to happen to them is they’re going to be sick and throw up behind the bike shed.
“But the acute use of e-cigarettes can put them in hospital, can put them in intensive care, things like lung bleeding, lung collapse and air leak, the lungs filling up with fat.”
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the issue was “fast becoming an epidemic”.