ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE IMPORTED AND SOLD
Usually Dr. Hatai studies tobacco control reports from all over the world-i.e. tobacco.org and the GLOBALING NIMI (News & Information Monitoring Initiative Index)
It was noticed that there were news of a brand new tobacco product called ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES.
From 2007 to 12 June 2008 there were 13 articles and from 12 June 2008 to the end of 2008 there 1 articles. In 2009 and 2010 there were 36 and 46 articles respectively
In June 2008, Nim –Dr. Hatai’s wife’s granddaughter came up to see him and asked “grandpa what’s electronic cigarettes?” he explained to her. Then she told him that her friend, who was a schoolmate in a university in England and just came back home after graduation, told her that after returning home he would set up a company to import and sell a new form of tobacco product called ‘electronic cigarette.’ He said this brand new type of cigarettes were invented by a company in China. This endeavor would make a good fortune.
Dr. Hatai was frightened. Therefore he did media advocacy by sending out a press release on 12 June 2008.