After a six-month survey found that 4.4% of individuals aged 15-29 in China had used an electronic cigarette at least once, anti-smoking groups and lobbyists flipped. They are now pushing for a comprehensive ban on sale, advertising, promotion and sponsorship, distribution, importation and manufacturing of electronic cigarettes.
This comes from the Council on Smoking and Health after the study from the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health showed only that some people — an unspecified number of which may be teens have tried electronic cigarettes. Nothing was said of regular use or actual harm.
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The survey itself only obtained responses from some 800 individuals — 248 of which were age 15-29. That’s a rather small sample compared to China’s national population of 1.357 billion people. And it certainly isn’t a sufficient survey to make determinations about the country’s youth and their predilection towards electronic cigarettes.
Statements from China’s Council on Smoking and Health are not to be taken lightly as it is one of the country’s official government agencies. Hopefully more tempered minds will weigh in. If a ban such as this does pass though, it could be a major game changer for the world of electronic cigarette and vapor device manufacturing — as much of the world’s electronic cigarettes are manufactured there right now.