Hong Kong yesterday announced plans for a blanket ban on e-cigarettes, citing a "consensus" on the need for action and their impact on the health of young people. The move came about two years after the Chinese city banned the import, manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

"We will fully ban all alternative smoking products," Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau said at a news conference, using the government term for products such as e-cigarettes. Hong Kong already bans possession of e-cigarettes "for commercial purposes" and yesterday's proposal would extend the ban to retail buyers, even if they intended to smoke in private.