National standards for electronic cigarettes will come into force on October 1



Photo taken on May 29, 2021 shows a consumer taking an electronic cigarette at a store in Guiyang City, capital of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

Seen as an entry threshold for the industry, the mandatory national standards for e-cigarettes will come into effect on October 1.

The standards state that the concentration of nicotine in electronic cigarettes must not exceed 20 mg/g and that the total amount of nicotine must not exceed 200 mg. The amount of impurities and pollutants in the atomization, such as heavy metals and arsenic, is also strictly limited.

Electronic cigarettes must also have protective features to prevent the devices from being switched on by a child or by accident.

All fruit flavored e-cigarettes will be banned. The National Unified Electronic Cigarette Trade Management Platform only provides tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes.

According to a latest notice issued by the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, any entity engaged in the production and operation of electronic cigarettes must obtain a tobacco monopoly license and conduct production and operation activities in strict compliance with various supporting policies and regulations.

The publication of advertisements for electronic cigarettes in the media or public places, on public transport and outdoors will be prohibited, as well as any form of advertising for electronic cigarettes aimed at minors.

Points of sale for electronic cigarettes will not be authorized in the vicinity of primary and secondary schools, specialized education, vocational or specialized secondary schools, as well as kindergartens.

Disordered development

In recent years, due to regulatory loopholes, the e-cigarette industry has seen a disorderly development, with some products reporting issues such as unclear nicotine content and tobacco tar leakage, the agency reported. press Xinhua.

“China has the largest smoking population in the world and is the largest producer and consumer of tobacco,” said Jiang Yuan, former director of the tobacco control office at the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). ).

Teenage tobacco exposure is a key reason for the growing number of Chinese smokers, and some paper mills near primary and secondary schools have been selling under-the-table e-cigarettes to students.

According to a survey released by China CDC in 2019, nearly 70% of junior high school students had heard of e-cigarettes, and the usage rate among the group was 2.7%, up 24, 9 percentage points and 1.5 percentage points, respectively, compared to 2014.

Based on a report on the health hazards of smoking in 2020, Xiao Dan, director of the Center for Tobacco Epidemiology and Smoking Cessation at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital, said that there is enough evidence to show that e-cigarettes are unhealthy.

“E-cigarette use, especially among young people, can harm brain development,” Xiao said. “Studies have shown that it will also increase the risk of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.”

The plan for formulating the national standards for e-cigarette was released in October 2017. After online publicity, drafting, seeking opinions, reviewing and approving, the national standards were officially released on April 12.


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