China calls for businesses to shut down e-cigarette online shops

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s tobacco regulator on Friday issued a notice asking e-commerce platforms and businesses to shut online stores that sell electronic cigarette products, in a move aimed at stopping minors from purchasing e-cigarettes through the internet.

The notice was published on the website of state monopoly China Tobacco, which is overseen by the country’s tobacco regulator.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Brenda Goh; Editing by Susan Fenton

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