Vaporesso, a Shenzhen subsidiary of Smoore, has obtained a special tobacco production licence from Chinese authorities, reports South China Morning Post.
Vaporesso has received a production licence from China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA), the top tobacco products regulator, giving its products legal status in the country, Hong Kong-listed Smoore said in a statement. The licence will be valid through July 2023.
Smoore is among the first companies to comply with China’s tightened rules for the e-cigarette industry, which until recently was not regulated as a traditional tobacco product, the report said. In March, the STMA published final guidelines for the industry that require manufacturers to meet certain technical standards, including permitted ingredients and additives.
According to the regulations, approved manufacturers must also trade with downstream wholesalers through a transaction platform overseen by STMA. Fewer than 50 companies involved in e-cigarettes, including retailers and manufacturers, have so far complied with the new restrictions and obtained licences from the authority.