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One thing no one expected from Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s policy address was a frontal attack on Hong Kong’s long-standing commitment to free and open markets. However, in announcing a 
ban on the sale of e-cigarettes
, she has delivered a mighty blow to this commitment, while providing a rationale that defies logic.

The ban is based on some seriously flawed arguments if indeed, as claimed, it has arisen from public health concerns.