Asia Minute: Regional Vaping Rules Vary

Nov 27, 2019

Officials in the Trump Administration are still working on regulations that would cover the vaping industry. That’s also true in the Asia Pacific, where several countries are making adjustments to their policies.

No one smokes like the Chinese.

Part of that is demographics, the World Health Organization says there are more than 300 million smokers in the country — which is also the world’s largest producer of tobacco.

China’s national health commission estimates there are about 10 million users of e-cigarettes. The commission says nearly half of those bought their supplies online – up until a few weeks ago.

As of the start of this month, China has banned the online sale of e-cigarettes, and the government is considering further restrictions.

The second largest market for tobacco products is cracking down even further. India has banned the production, import and sale of e-cigarettes — as well as any advertising.

Thailand also has an outright ban on e-cigarettes

South Korea’s government is still considering restrictions, and for now has placed limits on the level of nicotine in e-cigarettes, but still allows their sale.

In Japan, the commercial competition is around vaping products that do not include liquid nicotine — which is tightly regulated by the government.

According to a report by, the vaping market in Japan alone is expected to grow from 1.2 billion dollars last year to 4.5 billion dollars by the year 2024.