Cannabis fear may make Hong Kong’s vaping rules even tougher

The spectre of vaped cannabinoids is being used in Hong Kong by campaigners seeking to tighten the Chinese territory’s already stringent regime on e-cigarettes.

Ahead of a debate by the Legislative Council, whose own Panel on Health Affairs has recommended a ban, four Hong Kong health organisations – the Council on Smoking and Health, Federation of Medical Societies, Medical Association and Dental Association – have all called for prohibition.

A regime very close to a complete ban is already in place. Nicotine-free e-cigs are permitted in Hong Kong but the possession or sale of those containing nicotine is banned unless the product has been registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board – and no such product exists.

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Barnaby Page

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Before joining ECigIntelligence in early 2014 as one of its first employees, Barnaby had a 30-year career as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and online services, working in Canada, the US and the Middle East as well as his current British location. He has edited publications covering fields including technology and the advertising industry, and was launch editor of the first large daily online news service in the British regional media. Barnaby also writes on classical music and film for a number of publications. Barnaby manages the editorial and reporting teams and works closely with the analyst teams, to ensure that all content meets high standards of quality and relevance. He also writes for the site occasionally, mostly on science-related issues, and is a member of the Association of British Science Writers.

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