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Cabinet may okay ordinance to ban e-cigarettes

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New Delhi | Wednesday, 2019 2:45:05 AM IST
Taking up a proposal from the Health Ministry, the Union cabinet may, in its meeting on Wednesday, approve an ordinance to ban manufacturing and sale of e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes or "vaping" cigerattes are often marketed as a harmless product to help quit smoking. It does not burn tobacco but heats the liquid chemicals into a vapour or steam that a person inhales. This is the reason it is also called vaping. E-cigarettes are considered harmful to health.

"Given the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, government has decided to ban it. The Union cabinet is expected to take a decision on it," said an official.

The Health Ministry has proposed to make production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution or advertisements of e-cigarettes a cognizable offence. Besides fines, the offence could land one in jail for upto three years. The draft ordinance also makes storage of e-cigarettes punishable with jail term upto 6 months and fine upto Rs 50,000 or both.

The move follows an earlier advisory by the Health Ministry against Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and other such devices.

"As such, the states/Union territories are advised, in larger public health interest and in order to prevent the initiation of ENDS by non-smokers and youth with special attention to vulnerable groups, to ensure that any Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine flavoured hookah, and the like devices that enable nicotine delivery are not sold (including online sale), manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in their jurisdictions," the advisory issued in August 2018 said.

Limited use of such products were, however, allowed as per Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules thereunder.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Tobacco Merchants Association (GTMA) and Gujarat Tobacco Growers & Merchants Association (GTGMA) have appealed the government to not ban e-cigarettes or other similar products, arguing it will serve no purpose other than hurting the tobacco industry.

--IANS nk/sn/vd

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2019-09-10-20:44:03 (IANS)

 
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