1. According to China Customs data, the export value of vapes in July 2023 will be approximately US$926 million (approximately RMB6.661 billion), a decrease of 1.68% month-on-month and an increase of 8.01% year-on-year. China’s vape exports have fallen for three consecutive months since April, but the decline has gradually narrowed.
2. Juan Facundo Teme, president of the Argentine vapeAssociation (ASO VapeArgentina), estimates that there are about 1 million vape users in Argentina. Arguing that the current ban deprives Argentinian adults of their freedom to choose less harmful forms of smoking, the government should offer alternatives that allow millions of smokers access to less harmful smoking.
3. Altria announced on its official website that its subsidiary NJOY has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against JUUL, requesting the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import and sale of certain JUUL vapeproducts, including its current sales of JUUL equipment and Pods.
4. Korea Tobacco (KT&G) announced that from August 23, the sales points of its heat-not-burn product liI HYBRID 3.0 will be expanded to approximately 26,000 convenience stores in Korea.
5. The FDA Center for Tobacco Products is developing a five-year strategic plan to advance its vision of reducing tobacco-related death and disease, and plans to release a final strategic plan by the end of 2023.
6. New Zealand Ministry of Health data shows that since enforcement began in 2022, fewer than 100 infringement notices have been issued to vaperetailers. The heads of the relevant departments promised to gradually strengthen law enforcement, and the number of persons authorized to enforce vaperegulations will double in the future.
7. The Rochdale Trading Standards Committee in the United Kingdom inspected four retailers suspected of selling illegal vapes and seized more than 750 illegal vapes with a total value of about 9,000 pounds.