Hong Kong

               

Brief Overview

All nicotine-containing e-cigarette products are classified as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), which are currently classified as a Type I poison under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance, and both sale and possession of these are prohibited. Violators are subject to a fine of up to HKD100,000 (USD$12,800) and/or a prison term of two years.

On the other hand, all nicotine-free e-cigarette products are classified as Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENNDS), which are currently perfectly legal. The issue being that these two products are completely indistinguishable without testing, and you may still find yourself in serious trouble while using a device without nicotine.

Despite the incredibly harsh fines and prison sentences attached to nicotine e-cigarettes in Hong Kong, there is quite a large number of retail stores situated on both sides of Kowloon Bay, as evident on the map to the right. These stores appear to only sell non-nicotine products.

Regardless, we strongly recommend you do not use any e-cigarette products in public while in Hong Kong, whether they contain nicotine or not. If you choose to do so, ensure you have some form of documentation on you to show that your products do not contain nicotine, either the e-liquid bottle if using an open-system, or the device packaging if using a closed-system.

Hong Kong’s Council on Smoking and Health has been actively campaigning for a total ban on the sale and use of e-cigarettes in the territory. The council reportedly even wants to see the dismantling of the entire e-cigarette manufacturing industry in Shenzhen and elsewhere in China.

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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.

Relevant Links & Articles

Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/hong-kong-(china)/laws

Tobacco Atlas Information: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/country-data/hong-kong/

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