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Hong Kong plans to ban vaping

20 February 2019 - 06:34 By Odwa Mjo
Hong Kong is seeking to ban the commercialisation of e-cigarettes.
Hong Kong is seeking to ban the commercialisation of e-cigarettes.
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Hong Kong has announced plans to ban e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn products.

According to CNN, if the draft law is passed, anyone who imports, produces, sells or promotes new smoking products could be jailed for six months or required to pay a fine of HK$50,000 (R90,338).

The South China Morning Post wrote that a bill to amend the Smoking Ordinance was submitted to the legislative council and will go through its first reading on February 20. 

The new law will still allow people to smoke e-cigarettes. However anyone who uses such cigarettes in a non-smoking area will be fined about HK$1,500 or risk a court-imposed fine of HK$5,000. 

Tobacco and alcohol control officers will have the authority to stop a suspicious person from leaving the scene and may call police if the person refuses to cooperate, reported the South China Morning Post.

Hong Kong's decision to submit the bill has received much criticism from alternative-smoking product users. 

According to CNN, vaping and alternative-smoking products are outlawed in 39 jurisdictions including countries such as Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand.