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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Chinese e-cigarette firm Relx to open 10,000 stores within three years

  • E-cigarette company Relx Technology said on Saturday it will open 10,000 stores globally over the next three years in a big expansion for the Chinese vaping startup.

    Relx currently has more than 1,400 stores globally, the majority of which are located in China and run by third-parties.

    The company’s retail outlets, as it expands, will be a combination of company-owned stores such as its first flagship store in China, unveiled at a news conference on Saturday, and franchised locations. The new Shanghai store is a sleek 140-square-meter shop in the Nanjing West Road shopping district.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Hong Kong to impose full ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products

  • Hong Kong is set to impose a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products in an unexpected U-turn by the government, which had previously proposed only to restrict their sale to minors.

    The initiative will be announced by Chief Executive 
    Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
     in her policy address on Wednesday, as she responds to myriad social concerns with nearly 250 initiatives aimed at tackling issues such as housing, land supply, health care, welfare and livelihood.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019
  • Shenzhen, vaping capital of the world, holds its breath as health concerns spiral

  • Online e-cigarette sales looked like a promising industry for Edwin Wong when he started his venture a year ago. The 34-year-old had studied Shenzhen’s businesses and products since 2012, and saw a sure bet. Soon, he had developed a loyal base of more than 600 repeat customers and business was steady.

    But suddenly, everything changed. Overnight his 2.2m yuan (£240,000) investment in a startup, called KiwiPod, disappeared.

    “A lot of people have gone into this business who never knew anything about the business before, they just threw money into it. [...]

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
  • E-cigarettes still available online in China despite ban

  • Three days after Chinese regulators banned online sales of e-cigarettes, the Global Times found these products remained available on several e-commerce platforms on Monday, with some vendors claiming still awaiting specific instructions. [...] When asked about the ban, a salesperson said that "the company is waiting for specific notices [about the ban] and is discussing the relevant solutions, please be patient. As for the Double 11 event, we haven't received any notification yet, and sales are going on as usual."

  • Friday, November 01, 2019
  • Beijing project targets problem smokers

  • As everyone knows, it’s tough to give up the bad habit of smoking.

    That’s why the health authority in Beijing has launched a program to recruit 500 smokers this year to help them quit smoking for free through outpatient services and a dedicated hotline, Xinhua reported.

    Zhou Wei, an associate chief physician in charge of the project at Beijing Hospital, told Xinhua that a drug called Varenicline plays an important role during the treatment.

  • Friday, November 01, 2019
  • China Bans Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

  • China has banned online sales of e-cigarettes in the latest blow for the nascent vaping industry, which has come under intensifying scrutiny around the globe.


    All websites and apps selling e-cigarettes should be shut down and all online marketing campaigns halted, according to a statement by the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and State Administration for Market Regulation on Friday. The measures are aimed at protecting adolescents from vaping, it said.