POLICE have issued a warning after children under the age of 12 are being sold e cigarettes and vapes in Darlington. 

Durham Constabulary said it will be working alongside trading standards to clamp down on the issue. 

It is illegal to sell nicotine inhaling products and refills – popularly known as e-cigarettes – to anyone under 18, and it is also illegal for anyone to purchase them on their behalf.

Read more: Middlesbrough crackdown on illegal vaping products aimed at children

A statement from the force said: "If you are aware that your children has one of these and are under the age of 18 years please give appropriate advice to your child. 

"These can affect your child's health and are becoming HIGHLY addictive.

"The most common side effects of vaping include: Tongue sensitivity/tongue numbness/loss of taste. 

"Other side effects, such as a fast heartbeat (tachycardia), high blood pressure, and possibly seizures have been linked to high levels of nicotine.

"E cigarettes contain nicotine and were created to help people reduce the amount of nicotine they may consume in a day, they are NOT A toy."

In Middlesbrough, the local authority recently conducted a six-week operation which saw thousands of potentially dangerous devices removed from sale.

Hauls of illegal vaping products, which are illegal in relation to their design, labelling and nicotine content, were removed. 

The council's Trading Standards team were told by local shop owners that retailers are being approached by mobile sellers who are selling the e-cigarettes from vans.

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