Hong Kong Customs has seized HK$10 million worth of products since a ban on alternative tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, came into force nearly a month ago.
Air Cargo Research Division Divisional Commander Lie Yan-ning said on Tuesday that Customs had handled 46 related cases since the implementation of the 2021 Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance. April 30.
Around 360,000 products with an estimated street value of HK$10 million have been seized since late last month, and customs have arrested a man suspected of being a driver.
Yan also said that since the ban was implemented, “the majority” of inbound travelers who had alternative tobacco products had voluntarily declared them to customs.
“Customs did not see any obvious smuggling intent, as the amount of goods carried by these inbound travelers is small, is for self-consumption, and the packages have been opened,” Yan said.
The order, passed by the Legislative Council last October, prohibits the importation, promotion, manufacture, sale and possession for commercial purposes of products, including heated tobacco products, herbal cigarettes and other related devices and accessories.
Violators face a maximum penalty of HK$50,000 and six months in prison.