China Tobacco publishes e-cigarette patents
Will China e-cigarette market usher in a period of regulation?
Recently, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Tobacco Corporation published a patent for “a smart heat-not-burn electronic cigarette”.
The patent summary shows that this utility model discloses an intelligent heat-not-burn electronic cigarette. The heating temperature of the intelligent heat-not-burn electronic cigarette of this utility model is adjustable; at the same time, it can collect the heat-not-burn electronic cigarette and user smoking information and display it on the user terminal, help users to understand their smoking status.
Public information shows that in 2019, China’s e-cigarette market reached 7.86 billion yuan, and it is expected to exceed 9 billion yuan in 2021.
The development of e-cigarettes in China has gone through a period of barbaric growth, and is now gradually entering a period of regulation.
In November 2019, relevant state departments began to tighten the control of e-cigarettes. On November 1, 2019, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and the State Administration for Market Regulation issued the “Notice on Further Protecting Minors from E-cigarettes“.
Subsequently, the eight national departments jointly issued the “Notice on Further Strengthening Youth Tobacco Control Work”, warning various market entities not to sell e-cigarettes to minors, especially through the Internet.
Despite the country’s heavy efforts to rectify e-cigarettes, it cannot be denied that in terms of environmental protection, e-cigarettes can reduce carbon dioxide and other gas emissions and energy consumption, which is of positive significance for China to achieve carbon neutrality goals and achieve ecologically sustainable development.
Regarding the entry of China National Tobacco Corporation into the e-cigarette industry, economist Song Qinghui said in an interview with the media: “It is expected to accelerate the development of the e-cigarette industry in the direction of regulation.”
According to the national standard information public service platform, the national standard project for electronic cigarettes has now entered the “review” stage.