Vape shops close as Hong Kong ban on sale of e-cigarettes takes effect

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At least three vape shops in a shopping centre in Wan Chai have closed for good, the Post has found

Some smokers say they could go back to traditional smoking, while others are thinking about quitting smoking after using up e-cigarette stock

A law banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products in Hong Kong has forced some shops selling these items to fold, with users either considering a return to traditional smoking or quitting the habit completely, the Post has found.

The Post’s visit to a shopping centre in Wan Chai found at least three vape stores closed for good, with shutdown or lease notices on the shutters.

The law 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 items.

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Edith Lin – South China Morning Post – 2022-04-30.

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