Previously, the two departments had asked market entities not to sell e-cigarettes to minors. However, on the official websites of some e-cigarette manufacturers, although it says minors are not allowed to use this product, there is no relevant audit mechanism on the platform. Customers who want to buy e-cigarettes can directly enter the purchase page by clicking the option of over 18 years old on the page without any ID information. In addition, the reporter visited several physical stores and found that some physical stores of e-cigarettes also sell e-cigarettes to minors.
Liu Yang, a researcher in respiratory medicine at Capital Medical University, pointed out that the main component of e-cigarettes is nicotine, which will also release harmful substances and harm the health of smokers and passive smokers. Long-term consumption of e-cigarettes will also produce dependence on nicotine.
On November 2, on Taobao, tmall, Jingdong, pinduoduo and other e-commerce platforms, a large number of e-cigarettes were still sold, including a monthly sales volume of e-cigarettes shipped from Shenzhen exceeding 40000, and many e-cigarettes were also marked with the double 11 promotion logo. A number of e-cigarette sellers told reporters that they have not received the notice of off shelf e-cigarettes, and customers can still purchase e-cigarettes from online stores normally.
As for the news that the two departments urged the online sale of e-cigarettes to be removed from the shelves, the customer service of Yueke e-cigarettes flagship store said that the company was discussing relevant solutions and was waiting for specific notice. We havent received any notice about the sales of double 11 yet, and (consumers) can buy normally and enjoy after-sales protection at present, said customer service. The customer service of Xiaoyes flagship store also said that they had not received the corresponding notice.
On the leaflet page of e-cigarettes merchants, most of them say that e-cigarettes are safe and reliable, and the content of harmful substances is very low. Some even say they can help quit smoking by smoking electronic cigarettes. Its not addictive to smoke electronic cigarettes. Its like eating sugar. Just have a taste. Moreover, smoking electronic cigarettes can replace real cigarettes, make you addicted to cigarettes without hurting your body. One shop advertised.
The reporter noted that the e-commerce platform merchants e-cigarette publicity page will be marked with minors are forbidden to remind.
On the official websites of some e-cigarette manufacturers, although it says minors are not allowed to use this product, there is no relevant audit mechanism on the platform. Customers who want to buy e-cigarettes can directly enter the purchase page by clicking the option of over 18 years old on the page without any ID information.
Clerk sells electronic cigarettes to students
On August 28, 2018, the State Administration of market supervision and administration and the State Tobacco Monopoly Bureau jointly issued the notice of banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. This notice shows that at present, China has not officially promulgated the national standards for electronic cigarettes. All kinds of electronic cigarette products on the market have strong randomness in raw material selection, additive use, process design, quality control and other aspects. The quality of electronic cigarette products is uneven. Some products may have quality and safety problems such as smoke oil leakage, poor quality batteries, unsafe ingredient addition, etc Suffer from.
The circular stressed that market entities should not sell e-cigarettes to minors.
That student may have bought it for his parents. The shopkeeper explained that some minors do smoke e-cigarettes, but compared with cigarettes, he thinks the harm of e-cigarettes is less, I only know that there is no tar in e-cigarettes, and I cant tell where else is good. As for whether the customers who buy e-cigarettes are adults, the shopkeeper said, we cant control that..
On November 1, a reporter from Beijing news came to an electronic cigarette shop in Tongzhou District. An employee said that e-cigarettes are much healthier than ordinary cigarettes. 15-6-year-old teenagers often buy cigarettes, as long as they are not found by their parents. The harm of e-cigarettes is like coffee and coke. Although they are addictive, they do not hurt their bodies. As for the new announcement, she said, as long as you and I dont publicize it, who knows about it?
The clerk of another electronic cigarette store said that he would not sell cigarettes to minors, and would ask the buyer to register with his ID card number when checking out. The state has been too tight on this matter. It used to be able to perfunctorize the past a little. Now I dare not. The reporter of Beijing News lied that he didnt bring his ID card, and the clerk also sold the electronic cigarette to the reporter without filling in the ID card number.
E-cigarettes also release harmful ingredients
On July 26, the World Health Organization issued a report calling on governments and consumers not to trust tobacco enterprises propaganda on e-cigarettes. The so-called little damage to e-cigarettes is only the propaganda strategy of tobacco enterprises, and the supervision of e-cigarettes market should be strengthened.
The report takes Philip Morris International, a tobacco giant, as an example. Through the so-called no burning cigarette campaign, the company tried to establish the image of a public health partner, but in fact, it was promoting its e-cigarettes and other products, which also produce toxic emissions and have long-term or short-term health effects on the public.
Liu Yang said that the main component of e-cigarettes is nicotine. Nicotine itself has certain toxicity, especially to the circulatory system and nervous system. The smoke of e-cigarettes contains harmful substances such as propylene glycol, so e-cigarettes cant replace cigarettes to stop smoking.
New Beijing News reporter Zhang Jingya, Chen Yikai, intern Sun Chao
Source: responsible editor of Beijing News: Qiao JunJing, nbj11279