Oct 11, 2018

Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the chief executive of Hong Kong. Power Sport Images/Getty Images.

Hong Kong will ban e-cigarettes and other similar smoking products to protect public health, chief executive Carrie Lim said Wednesday during her annual address, per the Associated Press.

Why it matters: Hong Kong will be the 28th territory or country that bans the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes. However, the AP writes that mainland China remains the largest producer and consumer of tobacco products, with more than half of the countryโ€™s men being regular smokers. As of 2017, there are 87 countries that have some kind of regulation on e-cigarettes, and studies show the market for cigarettes globally is declining.

Other countries also banning such products include: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Gambia, Greece, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

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