e cigarette manufacturers and retailers in the capital have been ordered to stop selling e cigarettes online and in shops, a month after it was banned.
On December 13, the city government said e cigarettes were now banned at public places and restaurants.
The decision was based on the “dangerous” effects of nicotine, it said.
“We can now confirm that the sale of e cigarettes is now forbidden in public places, and will not be allowed in shops or restaurants,” the city said in a statement.
It added that the city’s ban would apply from January 1.
More than 40,000 people have signed an online petition asking the government to lift the ban, while the city health department has recorded 2,000 cases of the use of e-cigarettes.
The ban will apply to e-cigarette sales at bars, restaurants, clubs and public places.
But the ban will not apply to sales of e cigs at tobacco outlets, bars, cinemas, cinemagoas, and public transport.
E-cigarettes have been banned in some other cities, including Hong Kong and Singapore.
The health department said it had received 1,300 reports of e cigarette use over the past month, and that the number of e smoker cases was down compared to December.
In total, the health department recorded more than 4,300 e cigarette-related cases.