By Vlad Cuc, specialist in company formation matters
Rules for commercializing tobacco products in Hong Kong
The Smoking Public Health Ordinance sets forth the rules for selling tobacco products in Hong Kong. Products that fall into this category include cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco or cigarette tobacco. Individuals are prohibited from selling cigarettes individually; they must be sold only in a package with at least 20 pieces.
Selling from vending machines or selling products that contact an amount of tar that exceeds 17 milligrams is strictly forbidden in Hong Kong. Furthermore, companies that commercialize tobacco products must observe the regulations for properly packaging their products and labeling them with the approved warning signs.
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Mandatory provisions for selling tobacco
Health warnings are mandatory on all cigarette packages and retail containers. According to the Smoking Public Health Ordinance, sellers must make sure that their commercialized products contain a health warning about the dangers of tar and nicotine. This warning has a standard form and must be used accordingly.
A text description and a graphic content must appear together on the cigarette package. They must be imprinted on the two largest surfaces of the package. One side will bear the Chinese version and the other the English version. The health warning must occupy at least 50% of the area on the surface on which it is displayed.
Prohibited tobacco sale in Hong Kong
The law requires that tobacco products are not to be sold to any persons under the age of 18 and neither shall tobacco be advertised to such individuals or given for promotional purposes. Stores that sell cigarettes must place a clear sign in English and Chinese that no tobacco products shall be sold to persons under 18.
Tobacco products cannot be sold or give in exchange for tokens or as prize in events or competitions. They must not be sold together with non-tobacco products and shall not include or be accompanied by gifts.
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