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E-Commerce Platforms Ordered to Remove Vaping Products

E-cigarette products sales to minors are now prohibited, following a recently issued government directive.

The directive urges e-cigarette producers and distributors to shut down sales websites and other online portals in a timely manner. E-commerce platforms are required to shut down e-cigarette stores and remove e-cigarette products, while e-cigarette producers and distributors are also urged to withdraw e-cigarette advertisements posted on the internet. Organisations and individuals should also dissuade and stop the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The move is a bid to further strengthen supervision of the vaping products market and prevent minors from buying and using these products.

Full details can be found in the Circular on Further Protecting Minors from the Harms of E-Cigarettes (No. 1 [2019]), recently issued by the State Administration for Market Administration and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration.

Source: State Administration for Market Regulation

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