Hong Kong residents who vape or use heated tobacco products (HTPs) will face a grim reality Saturday.
That’s when a ban on sales and importation of vapes takes effect, and the vape market will instantly shift from legal to illegal.
Hong Kong authorities have already begun going after the smuggling operations that are certain to proliferate. The customs department issued a press release today bragging about the products it has seized: “about 2.63 million suspected illicit [heated tobacco products], about 190,000 suspected nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and about 5,000 millilitres of suspected nicotine-containing electronic cigarette oil were seized with an estimated market value of about $15 million.”
Hong Kong passed the ban last October, after five years of trying.
Jim McDonald – Vaping360 – 2022-04-29.