On September 5, Hong Kong has gradually supported the ban on all steam and heating tobacco products.
Huang tingguang, chairman of the smoking bill Committee of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, said that the government had asked him to preside over the meeting next Friday to decide whether the government should finalize its position on e-cigarettes.
It is reported that he decided to support the motion to completely ban new tobacco products at a recent meeting. Since legislators account for more than half of the members of the smoking Committee, the legislative amendment to ban e-cigarette products is expected to be passed during this term of office. The proposed bill aims to amend the smoking regulations for ends products launched in February 2019 to ban the import and sale (but not consumption) of ends products.
Xiao Jiahui said that although 64 countries have begun to regulate e-cigarette products, they should deal with e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products respectively, because there is not enough evidence to prohibit heated tobacco products. It is unfair to ban heating tobacco products instead of traditional cigarettes, because they are all tobacco products.
The proposal is one of the four bills that the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Legco), the unicameral legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the people’s Republic of China, ceased its work in June last year. The Legislative Council said at that time that it would not ban these products because they provided safer smoke-free alternatives for smokers.
At present, 30 jurisdictions, including Macao and Singapore, prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes.
According to an article on the official website of the China Tobacco Control Association, a recent article pointed out that in view of the low success rate of Australia’s e-cigarette ban in reducing the smoking rate, Hong Kong should think twice.
Between 2013 and 2016, the smoking rate in Australia increased by more than 21000 to 2.4 million. Colin Mendelsohn, a famous public health expert, said in 2017: “this is the first time in history that the smoking rate in Australia has not decreased significantly and the number of smokers has not increased.”.
Public health experts who advocate the use of e-cigarettes to reduce harm pointed out that the “punitive and mandatory” approach adopted by the country clearly did not work. His argument is supported by data from the UK, which has taken the opposite approach, and the smoking rate has reached an all-time low.
To this end, the article said that although e-cigarette may not be an ideal way to quit smoking, it is meaningless to give it up when it may be the most effective way to quit smoking. ” Taking nicotine is one of the most effective ways to quit smoking. It’s not perfect, but it’s much safer than inhaling smoke into the lungs. It’s not nicotine that causes lung and heart disease, but thousands of other chemicals in the smoke. “