A Weekly Review of Hot News in the Global New Tobacco Industry

1. The number of e-cigarette(vape & HNB) smokers in the UK hits a record high of 4.3 million


Recently, according to a report from the United Kingdom, it is estimated that there are currently about 4.3 million adults in the United Kingdom who use electronic cigarettes(herbal heatsticks supplier), a record high number. Of these, about 2.4 million had previously used regular cigarettes. It is estimated that the number of e-cigarette(heat not burn tabak) smokers in the UK now accounts for 8.3% of the adult population, an increase of nearly four times from 1.7% a decade ago.


2. The national standard electronic cigarette products are listed, and the ban on fruit flavors has entered the countdown


On August 29, national standard e-cigarette products were launched on the national unified e-cigarette transaction management platform one after another, and Guangdong, Shandong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Shenzhen and other provinces and cities launched platform ordering pilots. On the morning of the same day, an electronic cigarette shop in Futian District, Shenzhen sold a new product of RELX national standard, which became the first national standard electronic cigarette product.


In addition to the above-mentioned five provinces and cities, it is expected that on September 13, other parts of the country will also launch the pilot of national standard electronic cigarette products, and national standard products of various brands will also be launched one after another. Until the end of the transition period, the electronic cigarette transaction management platform will be fully activated from October 1, and non-national standard products such as fruit-flavored pods will be banned.


3. Philippine bill to lower purchasing age for e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes not approved


Recently, a bill in the Philippines aimed at lowering the purchasing age of e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes failed to pass. The bill shifts regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes from the Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Trade and Industry, and also lowers the purchase age limit from 21 to 18. In the end, the proposal was submitted to the Presidential Palace and failed to pass.


4. Macau completely bans the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes


On August 29, the Legislative Council of the Macao Special Administrative Region held a plenary meeting to pass the “Amendment of Law No. 5/2011 (Smoking Prevention and Control System”) in detail. The Macao SAR will prohibit the manufacture, distribution, sale, import and export of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products for oral or inhalation, including the prohibition of carrying such products out of and into the Macao SAR.


The law will take effect 90 days after its promulgation. Those who violate the above regulations will be fined 4,000 patacas. If you pass through Macau with e-cigarettes, your luggage will not enter Macau, but it will not be affected if you only transit or transit.


5. New regulations on electronic cigarettes in South Korea: the health warning area on the package must cover more than 50%


The new rules announced by South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare say that starting on December 23 this year, cigarette makers will have to print new health warning icons on the packaging. In addition to cigarettes, the new regulations also have an impact on the e-cigarette industry. E-cigarette makers will be required to put health warnings on more than 50 percent of each pack of e-cigarettes, officials said.


6. Thailand’s health minister opposes legalization of e-cigarettes


Speaking at the National Conference on Cigarettes and Public Health in Bangkok on Aug. 29, Thai Public Health Minister Anutin emphasized the need for a continued ban on e-cigarette imports to protect young people from the health risks associated with vaping. Previously, Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society set up a working group to study whether e-cigarettes could be legalized and made an alternative to smokers.