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Hong Kong Bans E-Cigarettes in Latest Blow for Big Tobacco

  • Territory joins 27 other countries to ban smokeless devices
  • Products have come under fire for their appeal among youth
A woman smoking an e-cigarette.

A woman smoking an e-cigarette.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong is banning alternative smoking devices -- the latest setback to the tobacco industry’s efforts to find growth markets as cigarette demand shrinks worldwide.

In a surprise reversal, Hong Kong will impose a ban on e-cigarettes, a next-generation category of smokeless tobacco products, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a policy address Wednesday.