1 According to China Customs summary data, China’s vape exports to the UK in July were 3,180,262 kilograms, or 3,180 tons, a month-on-month increase of 8.46% and a year-on-year increase of 83.84%. The export value was approximately US$134 million (approximately RMB 984 million), a decrease of 0.16% compared with June 2023, and an increase of 38.45% compared with the same period in 2022.
2. German Environment Minister Defi Lemke said she called for a complete ban on disposable vapesacross the EU. However, Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party opposes a comprehensive vapeban. An SN-TV 3YouGov poll showed that 7.7 million disposable vapes products are now sold in the UK each week, raising further concerns about the vast amounts of plastic and battery waste produced.
3. The problem of students using vapesin public schools in New York City has gotten out of control, so much so that private companies have offered to sell sensors that can detect vapesand other devices to the education department.
4. The Russian government has proposed a new bill to combat the smuggling of tobacco and alcohol. The bill will increase the penalties for smugglers depending on the goods. Those who smuggle tobacco and alcohol products will face up to seven years in prison or a fine of one million rubles.
5. Korean Tobacco (KT&G) plans to build a new factory in East Java, Indonesia, which is expected to start operations in 2026. It is reported that this decision was made after reaching an agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Investment.
6. Wail Safat, chairman of the Arab League Against Smoking, revealed statistics related to smoking in Egypt. According to official data, Egyptians consume 70 billion cigarettes every year, and the number of smokers is about 20 million, of which 6 million use Smuggled tobacco at non-disclosed prices.
7. Turkish Customs seized smuggled vapesand accessories worth 13.2 million Turkish lira (approximately US$1.48 million), including 18,600 vaping devices, 860 podsand 5,200 vaping atomizers.