THOUSANDS of illegal vapes have been seized by Barnsley Council as part of a recent investigation.

The visits were intended as a way of offering information and advice on the avoidance of selling vapes to underage young people, but also included stock assessment, where several types of non-compliant products were seized.

A total of 5,000 illegal vapes were seized by the council’s regulatory services team.

Coun Wendy Cain, cabinet spokesperson for public health and communities, said: “Although the short-term use of vapes can be effective as a quitting tool for smokers, vapes with larger capacity or higher strength nicotine or products without traceability name and address of a responsible person in the UK could present a risk to public health and should not be in our local shops.

“I urge retailers to review the stock of vapes they hold to ensure they are legally compliant.”