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Group calls for tighter control of e-cigarettes

Group calls for tighter control of e-cigarettes

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The John Tung Foundation called for tighter control of e-cigarettes after recording a dramatic increase in the number of tip-offs it has received on illegal sales of such items.
According to the health-promoting charity, it received 4,436 reports of illegal sales of e-cigarettes between January and June, more than six times the 670 reports it received in all of 2014.
Foundation CEO Yau Sea-wain said Saturday that the jump in the number of tip-offs it received showed that the government's attempt to regulate e-cigarettes under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act has not worked.
Although the Ministry of Health and Welfare does not allow e-cigarettes to be manufactured, imported or sold in Taiwan, they are widely available online and through street vendors, the foundation said.
Lin Ching-li, head of the foundation's tobacco control division said that if e-cigarettes were regulated under the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, there could be tighter control of the user end, and online sales would be banned as a result.
Arguing that e-cigarettes have not proven to be effective in helping smokers quit smoking, Hsueh Kuang-chieh, head of Kaohsiung Veterans' General Hospital's tobacco cessation clinic and an adviser to the foundation, urged people to not mistakenly think that e-cigarettes are not cigarettes. (By Chen Wei-ting and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 09:01 GMT+08:00