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In an era when smoking addiction has been deeply rooted in people's hearts, water pipes for smoking has become the new darling of old smokers and young people.
According to the "water pipes for smoking Grass Industry Supervision Report" (2019) completed by the Tsinghua University Public Health Technical Supervision Research Group, China's water pipes for smoking consumers reached 7.4 million in 2017, with an annual growth rate exceeding double digits.
After the initial product incubation, the capital most sensitive to the market is the first to hear the wind. Capital chase accelerated the formation of this tuyere. According to incomplete statistics, there are thousands of water pipes for smoking enterprises in China, with new competitors joining almost every day. In the stock market, the concept of water pipes for smoking has taken shape, and the value of individual water pipes for smoking head companies has exceeded 2 billion US dollars.
This is followed by chaos in the water pipes for smoking market, first of all, rampant concepts with different names. Different from the restrictions of traditional tobacco advertising, water pipes for smoking advertising and publicity signs are basically non-standard, and various advertising platforms are filled with various advertising platforms, which play an obvious role in guiding consumers. Secondly, there is no industry standard for water pipes for smoking, and there is no standard for various components and materials. The identification of nicotine content in smoke liquid is not standard, and the nicotine content exceeds the standard seriously. Even banned substances such as formaldehyde, propylene glycol and glycerin can be detected in smoke.
In fact, water pipes for smoking is no less harmful and addictive than traditional tobacco. Foreign media reported on September 11 that Kansas's Department of Health announced the state's first fatal case of water pipes for smoking-related diseases, the sixth in the United States. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of lung diseases related to water pipes for smoking has soared since 56 this year, with about 450 related cases in 33 states across the United States.
At the same time, water pipes for smoking contains a certain amount of nicotine, which is one of the important components of tobacco addiction. However, in our country, the attribute of water pipes for smoking has not been clearly defined. In the relevant laws and regulations, water pipes for smoking has not been explicitly called tobacco, and the classification of tobacco in the tobacco industry standard has not included "e- cigarettes".
Therefore, relevant people in the society call for accelerating the introduction of water pipes for smoking industry standards and improving government supervision. At the end of July, the director of the National Health and Health Commission said he planned to regulate water pipes for smoking through legislation.
However, the author believes that in view of the actual characteristics of water pipes for smoking, it should be given priority and made clear as soon as possible as an addictive tobacco product. On the one hand, it conforms to the actual situation of the water pipes for smoking market, and can quickly improve the supervision of the water pipes for smoking market to prevent the occurrence of blank periods.
The characteristics of electronic cigarettes in various countries can serve as a reference. Data show that Brunei, South Korea, Lithuania, Malta, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries define water pipes for smoking as tobacco products, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and other countries define water pipes for smoking as medical products, while Bulgaria, Italy, India, the Netherlands, Russia and other countries define water pipes for smoking as common consumer goods. Generally speaking, most countries include water pipes for smoking in the scope of strictly controlled tobacco products and drugs.