中国禁止网售电子烟  遏制未成年人吸食 China Tightens Online Sales of E-Cigarettes


中国禁止网售电子烟  遏制未成年人吸食              China Tightens Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

File photo: e-cigarettes. [Photo/IC]

China called on companies and e-commerce platforms to stop selling e-cigarettes online, in a bid to curb underage vaping as global health authorities raise alarms about its potential effect on public health.




The move by Chinese regulators comes roughly three months after a ban on sales of e-cigarettes to those under 18. Even as global awareness of the dangers of vaping increases, authorities in China said minors are still buying e-cigarettes online.


China’s tobacco and market regulators ordered companies and individuals making or selling vaping products to close down their sales websites and mobile apps and e-commerce platforms to shut e-cigarette shops and remove all products. It also called for the withdrawal of online e-cigarette ads.


“Some companies are blindly pursuing economic interests by publicizing, promoting and selling e-cigarettes on the internet, which poses a huge threat to the health of minors,” said a notice published Friday by tobacco regulator State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and the State Administration of Market Regulation, which oversees drug safety.


The measure comes after other countries including the US have heightened regulatory scrutiny on the e-cigarette industry and opened investigations into some of the companies selling vaping products.


China has more than 300 million smokers and is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco products, according to the World Health Organization. The number of vapers in China is relatively small, however. A report published in September by Beijing’s Tsinghua University tallied up roughly 7.4 million vapers in 2017, or about 0.5% of its population.


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中国禁止网售电子烟  遏制未成年人吸食              China Tightens Online Sales of E-Cigarettes


China’s vaping market is unregulated and the product quality uneven, with a large number of products posing serious quality and safety hazards, the tobacco regulator said on its website.


Many e-cigarette companies target young people, misleading them with ads suggesting that their products are harmless aids to wean people off smoking, the regulator said. Many portray e-cigarettes as fashionable and trendy to attract minors, it added.


The State Tobacco Monopoly Administration started drafting national standards for the vaping industry in October 2017. They are still awaiting approval.


In the US, vaping-associated lung illnesses have risen to a cumulative 1,888 cases across 49 states, with 37 reported deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Most of those cases have been linked to vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.


Several states and cities in the US have set temporary bans on the sale of flavored e-cigarette and vaping products, arguing that it will help stem a rise in e-cigarette use among minors.




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