China’s two biggest online retailers, Alibaba Group Holding and JD.Com, have suspended sales of e-cigarettes and related products to American buyers as the United States ramps up control over vaping.
Alibaba’s ban comes into effect today, The Paper cited the firm as saying yesterday. The report did not disclose when JD.Com’s suspension kicks in.
US President Donald Trump’s administration announced last month that it plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves as they are attracting millions of minors and getting them hooked on nicotine. Walmart, chain pharmacy Walgreens and supermarket Kroger have all stopped selling such products.
Both platforms are still selling e-cigarettes as normal in China, though domestic regulators are devising their own plans to strengthen supervision of the products.
Research from China and overseas shows that the aerosol in e-cigarettes contains toxic chemicals, and that the additives in these products may cause health risks, Mao Qun’an, head of planning and information at China’s National Health Commission, said in July.
The commission is doing its own research with other organizations and plans to bring in legislation to supervise the e-cigarette sector, he added.