Vietnam’s smuggled vapes market regulator has called for a new policy

Recently, the Federation of Vietnam Chambers of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said that most e-cigarettes sold in Vietnam are smuggled commodities and there is no strict legal framework to regulate these products. The unchecked use of e-cigarettes will have a significant impact on the health of consumers and lead to reduced tax revenues.

According to Dr. Nguyen Hai Trong, director of the Tuberculosis Department 175 of the People’s Army Hospital, there are about 16 million smokers in Vietnam. E-cigarettes seem to be gaining popularity among young people and students.

While this tobacco contains fewer harmful compounds, it still contains tar that can cause heart and nerve problems. He added that many young people seem to believe that e-cigarettes have no adverse health effects.

 

Xie Yang, head of policy and law at the Vietnam Market Supervision Administration, said:

“A legal framework should be established to regulate such products and reduce smuggling.”

According to him, many e-cigarette smugglers have been arrested in Vietnam in recent months. In the first half of this year, there were 81 smuggling cases in Hanoi alone, with a total of nearly 20,000 e-cigarettes seized. Coastal defense police recently seized a shipment of 54,000 e-cigarettes.

He also added that new regulations and policies are needed for e-cigarettes.

The maximum fine for smuggling is 50 million dongs (15,000 yuan), which is not enough for criminals, Hsieh said.