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Analysis on Sales Ban and Restriction Rules – about Tobacco

 

(I). Finished Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

1. Overview

Merchants are forbidden to post any tobacco product or release any information thereof on Alibaba.com. Any violation will be subject to the product removal and a six-point penalty per violation.

 

2. References

These rules are formulated in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on Tobacco Monopoly, relevant laws and regulations in China, the US, and other countries and other regulatory requirements.

The summary below are only for reference, Alibaba.com do not guarantee any completeness, accuracy and timeliness of the information. Alibaba.com has the right to revise and supplement any additional information.

 

3. Risks

a. Finished cigarettes, such as cigarettes and cigars.

b. Tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, snuff, raw tobacco, hookah tobacco, cut tobacco, and tobacco leaves.

 

(II). E-liquids for use in e-cigarettes

1. Overview

As all e-liquids for use in e-cigarettes contains nicotine and substances that are harmful to human health, all countries have taken measures to ban or strictly control the sale of such product. All liquids for use in e-cigarette, tobacco tar, and e-cigarettes and cartomizers containing e-liquids are fully banned on Alibaba.com (For more information: Warning notice of posting products of liquids for use in electronic cigarettes). Sellers of disposable e-cigarette equipment and accessories, essence/perfume, and e-liquids bottles are also not allowed to publish product prescriptions containing information about e-liquids or display pictures of e-liquids on Alibaba.com. If sellers are found to have displayed pictures of e-liquids on tobacco juice bottles, the products will be removed from the site and a one-point penalty will be imposed against relevant sellers per infringement.

If sellers describe the flavors of e-liquids in product information of e-cigarettes, such sellers will face the same penalty as e-liquids sellers, i.e., the e-cigarettes will be removed from the site and a six-point penalty will be imposed per infringement.

 

2. References

These rules are formulated in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on Tobacco Monopoly, relevant laws and regulations in China, the US, and other countries, and other regulatory requirements.

The summary below are only for reference, Alibaba.com do not guarantee any completeness, accuracy and timeliness of the information. Alibaba.com has the right to revise and supplement any additional information.

 

3. Examples

a. E-liquids for use in e- cigarette

b. Disposable e-cigarettes, e-cigarette equipment and accessories containing e-liquids or tobacco tar.

c. E-liquids-containing essence/perfume melting point apparatuses.

 

(III). Cigarette Ingredients and Tobacco Processing Machines

Sales of tobacco, tobacco products, and tobacco processing machines are restricted on Alibaba.com. Only authorized sellers from China possessing relevant production qualification and/or certification are allowed to post the aforementioned products on Alibaba.com, and sellers from countries other than China are not allowed to post such products.

 

 (IV). Ban on Tobacco Pictures

1. Overview

Sellers of disposable e-cigarette equipment and accessories, essence/perfume, and e-liquids bottles are forbidden to publish product prescriptions containing information about e-liquids or display pictures of e-liquids on Alibaba.com. For the avoidance of doubt, sellers of tobacco juice bottles and tobacco essence are not allowed to display pictures of e-liquids. Otherwise, a one-point penalty will be imposed.

 

2. References

The rules were formulated in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on Tobacco Monopoly, relevant laws and regulations in China, the US, and other countries, and other regulatory requirements.

The summary below are only for reference, Alibaba.com do not guarantee any completeness, accuracy and timeliness of the information. Alibaba.com has the right to revise and supplement any additional information.

 

3. Examples

a. Alibaba.com will deduct one point against sellers who display pictures of e-liquids on e-liquids bottles (using or displaying pictures of e-liquids)

b. No point will be deducted if e-liquids are shown from transparent e-liquids bottles.

 

I. Why have the herbal cigarettes which I sold on Alibaba.com been treated as ordinary cigarettes and removed from the site?

If it can be determined from pictures that the herbal cigarettes contain tobacco or nicotine, the products will be deemed as ordinary cigarettes.

 

II. Why have the e-cigarette equipment which I sold on Alibaba.com been treated as tobacco juice and removed from the site?

Sales of e-cigarette equipment and accessories are not controlled on Alibaba.com, but the e-cigarette equipment containing tobacco juice will be treated as tobacco juice.

 

III. Why can't e-cigarette flavors be described? Do e-cigarettes have flavors?

Only e-cigarettes which contains tobacco juice will have flavors, and tobacco juice is banned on the platforms.

 

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