A vaping Chinese rebel with a cause.
That’s what the whole situation developed into Sept. 29. Aboard an Air China aircraft traveling between the Jilin provinces of Hangzhou and Changchun City, a passenger was busted for vaping.
In a matter of moments, the nation’s cloudy procedure for handling the fledgling smokeless tobacco industry came into the international spotlight – again. According to the South China Morning Post, the country currently has few national Chinese vaping laws on its books.
While Chinese lawmakers are scrambling to establish consistent guidelines on vaping products, local and regional regulations are used predominately to determine individual case action. In regards to the airline vaping rebel, the individual was reportedly detained by authorities for five days.
Can you believe it?
Five days in the hole?
For vaping on a plane?
It’s beyond time for officials to establish a series of common Chinese vaping laws.
Rose Zheng, a Beijing-based director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Tobacco and Economics at the University of International Business and Economics, told the South China Morning Post a new wave of vaping regulations is approaching.
“There are many reports that electronic cigarette smokers are vaping in restaurants and public walking places, and there’s no regulation for this behavior,” Zheng said. “Now there are experts and appeals from the general public saying that vaping restrictions should be included in the smoke-free legislation. This is a trend, but the municipal governments need to make some changes to the regulations.”
The South China Morning Post reported the Communist regime in China has yet to officially take a stance on the vaping industry or hinted to which direction it is leaning, either a hard-line approach or more lenient.
One thing is for certain after someone was detained for five days for simply vaping on a plane, officials need to get on board and establish some common sense Chinese vaping laws.