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  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • China and India turn against vaping. But Europe sees it as safer than cigarettes

  • Electronic cigarette makers were counting on Asia as a growth market. But the region may not be a refuge from an escalating crackdown in the U.S.

    India banned electronic cigarettes last week, days after Juul Labs Inc.’s products vanished from online Chinese marketplaces. [...] But some nations still view e-cigarettes as viable alternatives to smoking, a leading cause of preventable death. Public health officials in Britain, the biggest market in Europe for the products, endorse vaping as a way to wean people off smoking. [...]

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Juul sales halted on Chinese websites just days after launch

  • E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc.’s sales have been halted on two websites in China, just days after the products were launched. “While Juul products are not currently available on e-commerce Web sites in China, we look forward to continued dialogue with stakeholders so that we can make our products available again,” Victoria Davis, a Juul spokeswoman, said in a statement Tuesday. Juul has been pushing to expand around the world as it faces regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. [...]

  • Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Hong Kong’s ban on e-cigarettes is absurd. If vaping is as bad as smoking, why hasn’t tobacco been outlawed?

  • One thing no one expected from Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s policy address was a frontal attack on Hong Kong’s long-standing commitment to free and open markets. However, in announcing a 
    ban on the sale of e-cigarettes
    , she has delivered a mighty blow to this commitment, while providing a rationale that defies logic.

    The ban is based on some seriously flawed arguments if indeed, as claimed, it has arisen from public health concerns.

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Smoking giant China planning e-cigarette regulation

  • China is planning to regulate e-cigarettes in an attempt to stave off a new gateway addiction in what is already the world's largest smoking population. The Asian giant has over 300 million tobacco-smokers—nearly a third of the world's total—but the battery-operated vaping trend has yet to explode as it has in the United States and elsewhere. "The supervision of electronic cigarettes must be severely strengthened," said Mao Qunan, head of the National Health Commission's (NHC) planning department, at a press conference Monday.
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Still at war with the tobacco epidemic, Indonesia must control e-cigarettes too

  • Several countries are banning e-cigarettes due to revelations of health risks to both users and bystanders. But in Indonesia, the world's second-largest cigarette market, the government has yet to put in place policies to prevent youths from taking up vaping. There has been no research on the prevalence of vaping among youth in Indonesia, but the Indonesian government should be alarmed by the reports of illness and death due to vaping in the US.