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China planning to join other countries with controls on e-cigarettes

China planning to join other countries with controls on e-cigarettes
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China is reportedly looking to roll out rules to control e-cigarette products as early as next month, joining other countries in responding to deaths and illnesses health officials blamed on vaping. 

China’s state news agency reported the planned move Tuesday, citing unidentified sources at the State Tobacco Monopoly, according to The Associated Press

China, with an estimated 350 million smokers, is the most populous tobacco market, according to AP. India, which banned sales of e-cigarettes this month, is second.

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China’s reported plan follows the country’s ban on e-cigarette sales to people younger than 18.

The Trump administration is expected to issue a rule in the coming weeks banning the sale of flavored e-cigarette products, arguing they are appealing to teenagers.

Michigan and New York recently issued sales bans on most flavored e-cigarette products.

Lung disease tied to vaping products has sickened 530 people nationwide and resulted in eight deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This report was updated at 5:38 p.m.