China passed a law banning the sale of e-cigarette supplies online, though e-cigarettes are still available. The law went into effect at the beginning of November to prevent the sale to minors, following closely the regulations regarding cigarette sales online, and classifies them as a health danger.
Chinese authorities are concerned that minors are using online shopping venues like Taobao and JD.com to buy electronic cigarettes because the sites do not require identification and cannot verify the customer’s age. Authorities fear e-cigarettes are leading to a new addiction.
Deaths linked to e-cigarettes have been reported around the world and are linked to vitamin E acetate used as an additive, according to a report by the CDC. The CDC urges those who use e-cigarettes to buy from accredited sources and not purchase products containing THC oil, which is illegal in China.
Those who have an e-cigarette can go through credited distribution centers in Dongguan. The centers can be found in most malls, usually at kiosks.