China to Regulate E-Cigarettes


Sarah Peddie

China’s National Health Commission is planning to regulate the use of e-cigarettes in the country.

The country has over 300 million tobacco smokers, which is nearly over a third of the world’s total.

Mao Qunan, head of the National Health Commission said at a press conference on Monday: "The supervision of electronic cigarettes must be severely strengthened. 

"[The NHC] is working with relevant departments to conduct research on electronic cigarette supervision and we plan to regulate electronic cigarettes through legislation.”

E-cigarettes are believed to be a lot safer than tobacco and do not have the estimated 7,000 chemical constituents that are in tobacco cigarettes. 

However, the liquid in e-cigarettes does contain nicotine which is extremely addictive. 

Studies have shown that e-cigarettes usually lead towards tobacco smoking amongst young people in the country which is a big concern. Nicotine is addictive but it can also harm brain development in young people. 

Mao highlighted this problem in his statement and said: "We want to reduce the smoking rate and prevent young people from trying tobacco.”

China are not the first to try and regulate e-cigarettes.

In June, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the sales and manufacturing of e-cigarettes after there were concerns over the amount of young people vaping.

Singapore has fully banned e-cigarettes and many other countries have introduced strict regulations against them. 

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