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Technology China tells online stores to stop selling e-cigarettes

04:50  03 november  2019
04:50  03 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Latest in Gear. China tells online stores to stop selling e - cigarettes . 3m ago. E - cigarette sales bans are quickly becoming an international phenomenon. China 's tobacco regulators have asked online shopping companies to "temporarily" close online stores that sell e - cigarettes -- effectively

SHANGHAI — China issued its starkest warning yet over electronic cigarettes , calling on the industry on Friday to stop selling and advertising the products online . A top official at the tobacco regulator told the official Xinhua news agency on Friday that many e - cigarette companies target young people

E-cigarette sales bans are quickly becoming an international phenomenon. China's tobacco regulators have asked online shopping companies to "temporarily" close online stores that sell e-cigarettes -- effectively, it's banning e-cig sales on the internet. Officials argued in the notice that this was to protect the "physical and mental health of minors," echoing concerns in the US.

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It's not certain if or when the ban will end. This isn't the first time Chinese retailers have pulled e-cigs, but it's considerably broader than before. In September, Juul's e-cigarettes disappeared from shelves just a week after they became available in China.

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China ’s tobacco regulator threw a monkey wrench in the businesses of several vaping startups Friday when it issued a notice asking online platforms and businesses to stop selling electronic cigarette products. The move is aimed at stopping kids from buying e - cigarettes through the internet, Reuters

China 's tobacco regulator on Friday issued a notice asking e-commerce platforms and businesses to shut online stores that sell electronic cigarette products, in a move aimed at stopping minors from purchasing e - cigarettes through the internet.

This will be a serious blow to e-cig makers in China if it holds. The nation has over 300 million smokers of various kinds, and that could threaten both manufacturers and those online shops that depend heavily on e-cig sales. It might hurt China as well, with state-owned China Tobacco producing almost six percent of the nation's tax revenue. It's not surprising that China would act, though. There are concerns around the world that e-cigarette companies are targeting teens, and that's not helped by reports of illnesses. China might be willing to sacrifice some of that tax money if it can prevent teen use and health problems.

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