Government may regulate e-cigarettes
China is considering bringing electronic cigarettes under state management to ensure a standardized and well-regulated development of the popular smoking alternative, according to an official of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration.
Li Baojiang, deputy director of the administration’s economic research institute told China Daily there is currently a lack of regulation and standards for e-cigarettes across the nation.
“Regulating e-cigarettes, like traditional tobacco products under the State monopoly, is highly feasible. And that helps with consumer safety and rights, product quality control and the government coffers,” he said.
China had roughly 900 e-cigarette manufacturers by the end of 2013, up 200 percent over the previous year. Exports amounted to 3.5 billion yuan ($560 million) the same year, up 150 percent over 2012. Worldwide, more than 80 percent of the e-cigarettes in a market worth $3 billion are made in China. (Photo 3)