Last June 20, a 22-year old Hong-Kong man was arrested for selling e-liquids containing nicotine on the Internet. Actually, even though vaping is authorized in Hong-Kong, it is forbidden to vape nicotine e-liquids and of course, to sell them. The young man who was arrested by the Police sold his products on social networks. He was caught following the purchase of a sample by a government laboratory. He faces a heavy sentence: 2 years of prison and a $100 000 fine. This is because in Hong-Kong, nicotine is considered as a poison and is only authorized in pharmacies.
The government advised vapers who purchased nicotine e-liquids to this seller to consult a doctor. They should also go to a hospital if they “had doubts or felt unwell”. They can even drop their bottles for free testings at the DH Drug Office in Wan Chai.
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But will you face charges if you vape nicotine juices in Hong-Kong? In practice, not really, because it is hard to identify during a simple police control. Indeed, there are no testimony of such a control. However, it remains illegal and if you do it, il will be at your own peril.
As far as e-liquids without any nicotine, there are no problems, they are perfectly legal and the vaping community is quite developped. There is though certain rules of etiquette that you shall respect: you need to be respectful and people will appreciate if you vape only when you aren’t a nuisance to anyone. Local vapers wish to remain discreet to be able to use their e-cigarettes as long as possible!
Jean-Pascal is BlogVape’s resident scientist. As former medical journalist, he was able to quit smoking with e-cigarettes and hopes to inspire others to do the same.