E-cigarettes are a popular form of smoking cessation technology, but smuggling of the devices across the US border is on the rise.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), there were 1,944 cases of e-cigarette smuggled into the US from Mexico in 2016.
That’s an increase of 2.3% over the previous year, according to CBP data.
According a CBP spokesperson, the majority of the smuggled e-cigarettes came from Mexico, with the rest coming from Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
That means that the majority are being smuggled through Mexico, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland.
CBP is asking the public to help detect the illegal smuggling of e the US and report suspicious shipments.
They are also encouraging anyone with information about the smuggling of electronic cigarettes to contact the agency.
In 2016, the California State Senate passed legislation to regulate e-cigs and impose strict penalties for smuggling.
The bill also prohibits e-cig sales in the state.
The legislation has been signed into law by Gov.
Jerry Brown, who called it “a victory for California and a victory for our citizens.”
The measure will take effect on March 1, 2021.