If signed into legislation, the amended Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act (菸害防制法), would ban the sale, manufacture, and provide of vaping merchandise. Furthermore, the measure would elevate the authorized smoking age from 18 to twenty, and the proportion of tobacco warnings would enhance from 35% to 50% of cigarette packs. Moreover, sure areas resembling colleges and childcare facilities can be thought-about totally no-smoking areas.
The modification would additionally topic heated tobacco merchandise (HTPs) to tighter laws and promoting them can be banned. This is able to imply that producers or importers of HTPs must submit a well being threat analysis report for evaluate earlier than they’ll obtain a allow to promote them.
A survey by the Well being Promotion Administration (HPA) has indicated that the inhabitants of vapers in junior excessive colleges grew from 1.9% in 2018 to three.9% in 2021, whereas in senior excessive and vocational colleges it rose from 3.4% to eight.8%.
Hong Kong’s vape ban
In the meantime current information steered that Hong Kong could also be reversing its ban on the re-export of e-cigarettes and different heated tobacco merchandise by land and sea transport by the tip of this yr as a part of efforts to help monetary progress.
“Senior officers are mulling over the relief of the transshipment ban on re-exporting the choice smoking merchandise from Hong Kong, given the numerous values of the re-export,” mentioned a authorities insider as quoted by The South China Morning Publish. Commenting on the information an area economist warned that the transfer would undermine the credibility of metropolis authorities.