Currently, the naming of heated non-burning products and electronic cigarettes is very confusing and lacks a unified definition. They are both new tobacco products, but heated non-burning products are not electronic cigarettes. Both have batteries, but the main component of the tobacco stick in heated non-burning products is tobacco, while the main component of the e-liquid in electronic cigarettes is vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Therefore, it is incorrect to refer to heated non-burning products as heated non-burning electronic cigarettes, as this would mislead people into thinking that it is a branch of electronic cigarettes. Both are new tobacco products, they are on the same level, not a parent-child relationship.
Before May 15, 2017, it was acceptable to call heated non-burning products heated non-burning electronic cigarettes in China, but since the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration held a teleconference on strengthening the supervision of the tobacco monopoly market on May 11, 2017, and issued the Notice on Strengthening the Supervision of the Tobacco Monopoly Market, this name is no longer applicable. The first provision of the notice clearly states that heated non-burning products are a type of tobacco product and do not change the essential nature of tobacco products. Therefore, according to the requirements of laws and regulations, such products should be included in the scope of supervision, and heated non-burning products that use tobacco as raw materials must be supervised according to the law.
In China, it is illegal to sell heated non-burning tobacco sticks. Heated non-burning tobacco products are electronic products and have not yet been included in the tobacco monopoly category.
In summary, we should avoid calling heated non-burning products heated non-burning electronic cigarettes for now.