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June 07, 2024 by scmp.com

Banning flavoured cigarettes may reduce Hong Kong’s appeal to visitors: lawmaker

Lawmaker Peter Shiu expressed concerns that banning flavored cigarettes in Hong Kong might deter visitors and harm tourism. He questioned the government's goal of making Hong Kong smoke-free, emphasizing the need to consider practical implications. Authorities plan to implement new anti-smoking measures by 2025, including a ban on flavored tobacco products and possession of alternative smoking devices. Deputy Secretary for Health Eddie Lee defended the measures, highlighting the importance of transparency in informing visitors about smoking regulations.

June 07, 2024 by indiatimes.com

International: Hong Kong announces blanket ban of e-cigarettes

Hong Kong recently announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes due to concerns about their impact on the health of young people. This decision was made following a consensus on the matter, with the ban coming two years after the city prohibited the import, manufacture, and sale of such products. "We will fully ban all alternative smoking products," Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau said at a news conference, using the government term for products such as e-cigarettes.

June 06, 2024 by hongkongfp.com

Hong Kong announces plan to ban e-cigarettes

Hong Kong plans a blanket ban on e-cigarettes due to health concerns among youth, two years after banning their import and sale. The Secretary for Health announced the ban, extending to possession for personal use with strict penalties. The proposal also includes restrictions on smoking in public spaces and sharing cigarettes with minors. Authorities aim to introduce the ban and other measures to the legislature this year, following global trends in e-cigarette regulation. The ultimate goal is to reduce smoking rates to 7.8% by 2024.