Hallucinating! If there is one city or did not expect to see a ban on e-cigarettes, it is Shenzhen where at least 90% comes from the vaping products available on the market. Yet, this southern suburb of China has recently added the e-cigarette to its smoking list, further reinforcing the ban on smoking in public places.
The city of Shenzhen which is home to many companies producing e-cigarettes has just banned the use of the e-cigarette in public places. Surprising? Well not really!
In China, smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transportation. However, there is some controversy over whether e-cigarettes should be in the category of anti-tobacco products.
According to the new regulations, it is prohibited to smoke in public places in Shenzhen, including bus platforms and waiting rooms in public facilities. This decision follows the doctrine of other Chinese cities, including Hong Kong, Macao, Hangzhou and Nanning, which have similar bans on e-cigarettes.
According to a report published in May by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, young people make up the bulk of e-cigarette users. According to this report, its utilization rate would have increased from 2015 to 2018.
If we refer to the project A healthy China 2030 "Published in 2016, the country has set a goal to reduce the rate of smoking (and vaping a priori) among 15 years and over at 20% by 2030, against 26,6% currently.