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Last updated: December 13th 2021

Penalties

Sales Restrictions

Fine, Jail, Other
(e.g., seizure of the product, publication of the violation/violator)
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Analysis

Violations of the prohibition on single stick and vending machine sales are punishable by a Level 5 fine (a Level 5 fine is HK $50,000 under Cap. 221).  Authorities may seize vending machines and cigarettes that violate the packaging requirements.

Violations of the sales restrictions prohibiting smokeless products are punishable by a Level 5 fine (a Level 5 fine is HK $50,000 under Cap. 221) and by imprisonment for six months.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

N/A
Analysis

Tobacco sales are not restricted by location; therefore, there are no associated penalties.

Minimum Retail Package Size

Fine, Other
(e.g., seizure of the product, publication of the violation/violator)
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Analysis

Violations of the minimum retail package size are punishable by a Level 5 fine (a Level 5 fine is HK $50,000 under Cap. 221). In addition, the products may be confiscated.

Minimum Legal Sales Age

Fine
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Analysis

Violations of the ban on sales to persons below the age of 18 are punishable by a Level 4 fine (a Level 4 fine is HK $25,000 under Cap. 221).