Gov­ern­ment may reg­u­late e-cig­a­rettes

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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)

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