Hong Kong police made their first arrests under a law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes after two men were allegedly caught with the items on Wednesday.
- Two suspects, aged 28 and 31, are being held on suspicion of selling electronic cigarettes after police raided a mobile retail outlet in Mong Kok
- Under new law, which came into effect on Saturday, offenders are subject to maximum fine of HK$50,000 and six months’ imprisonment
The suspects, aged 28 and 31, remained in custody as of Thursday. They were being held on suspicion of selling and possessing a poison in Part 1 of the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations, as well as selling alternative smoking products.
The law, which came into effect on Saturday, bans the import, sale and manufacture of electronic cigarettes, heated tobacco products and herbal cigarettes, with offenders subject to a maximum fine of HK$50,000 (US$6,370) and six months’ imprisonment. Consumers are still allowed to smoke vape gadgets.
Acting on intelligence, police and officers from the Department of Health on Wednesday raided a mobile retail outlet in Mong Kok suspected of selling alternative smoking products.
Christy Leung – South China Morning Post – 2022-05-05.