A state tobacco monopoly looms over China’s e-cigarette makers
Chinese like to quip that the electronic cigarette is China’s fifth great invention, after paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass. A Chinese pharmacist hatched the idea in 2003 to wean smokers off tobacco. But it was in America, home to brands like Juul and Blu, that vaping first took off. Although one in four Chinese adults smoke tobacco, sales of e-cigarettes in China amounted to $2.7bn last year, a tenth of those in America, according to Frost and Sullivan, a consultancy.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
IQOS Adopts Different Routes in Heat-Not-Burn Technologies
IQOS has been said to mean "I quit ordinary smoking." From a technical point of view, IQOS heats a cartridge made of tobacco sheet, nicotine compounds and glycerin to generate aerosol. Its taste is similar to that of ordinary cigarettes, but the harm of smoke is reduced by more than 90%.
IUOC means "I use ordinary cigarettes." The latest zebra heating technology is applied in this device. It makes smoke from ordinary cigarettes in the way of heating and not burning. IUOC produces the same free-state nicotine as that produced by lighting cigarettes. [...]
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Smoore International Raises $918 Million in Hong Kong IPO
Chinese e-cigarette and vape manufacturer Smoore International 6969.HK, one of the largest companies of its kind in the world, has raised $918 million (£734.93 million) after pricing its shares at HK$12.40 each in its Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), according two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The Shenzhen-based company offered 574 million shares, according to the company’s prospectus, and had (...)
Monday, July 06, 2020
Taiwan Association Says Tobacco Harm Reduction is a Human Right
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (Caphra) is supporting a petition by the Taiwan Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (TTHRA), urging the government of Taiwan to allow tobacco harm reduction products, such as e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, as part of the key strategy to decrease national smoking rates. Caphra’s executive coordinator Nancy Loucas, said that this request is in line with the WHO’s recommendation that countries regulate safer alternatives to protect public health. “This aligns with the WHO declaration that health is a (...)
Friday, July 03, 2020
The 2020 IECIE Shenzhen eCig Expo
Alongside the physical event, the 2020 IECIE Shenzhen eCig expo will also be featuring an iconic new virtual expo, and both will be taking place between the 20th and 22nd of August. The organisers of the IECIE Shenzhen eCig expo, Informa Markets Creative, have decided to reschedule the physical expo to 20-22 August 2020, and feature alongside it a new virtual expo IECIE international eCig Virtual Expo, also held at the same time. Besides the travel limitations still in place due to Covid-19, the virtual expo will also attract vapers who for reasons or others are unable to travel, and would normally miss such an event. The IECIE International eCig Virtual Expo is in fact estimated to attract 10,000 e-cig users worldwide and give the opportunity to over 2500 vape exhibitors to engage in business virtually through any device.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Hong Kong’s Rejection of Vapes Ban Could Have Welcome Influence
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has won an important victory. On June 2, the Hong Kong Legislative Council dropped a bill to ban vaping products. [...] This is great news for Hong Kong’s smokers, vapers and estimated 13,100 daily users of heat-not-burn products. If the ban had passed, they would have been criminalized and cut off from purchasing safer options. The draconian proposal would have banned the sales, manufacture, importation, distribution, or promotion of vapor and heat-not-burn products, [...]