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E-Cigarettes Not Apply to the Regulations on the Implementation of the Tobacco Monopoly Law in China

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of the 2019 China High School Tobacco Survey. It shows a decline in the number of high school students who use tobacco, but an increasing trend of the use of e-cigarettes.

Hence, local governments regulate the e-cigarette market by coming up with local policies. Such as the ban on sales of e-cigarettes both online and offline, this kind of policy may cause significant influence on the business of e-cigarette in China.

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Recently, an owner of a small store in Guangdong province was warned by the local government, and all e-cigarette products cannot be sold in the store. This requirement will result in a loss of revenue. Hence, this owner asked the Guangdong Tobacco Monopoly Bureau for help.

This owner consulted two questions:

  1. Is the government requires a license to run an e-cigarette business?
  2. Is it legal for front-line managers of local district and county bureaus to force the off-shelf of e-cigarette products?

The primary function of the Guangdong Tobacco Monopoly Bureau is to be responsible for the management of tobacco production, business enterprises, and markets in the province.

The relevant person in charge explained that firstly, e-cigarettes are not included in the tobacco Monopoly. Thus, e-cigarettes are not applied to the Regulations on the Implementation of the Tobacco Monopoly Law.

Secondly, the production and operation of e-cigarettes shall be following the Notice on the Prohibition of the Sale of E-cigarettes to Minors and the Notice on further protection of minors from e-cigarettes.

In conclusion, the local government should manage the e-cigarette market in an orderly and reasonable manner, and e-cigarette operators should comply with policies, such as not selling tobacco products and e-cigarettes to minors.

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