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    E-Cigarettes To Be Banned In India Soon, Asserts Nirmala Sitharaman

    Union Cabinet approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Ordinance, 2019

    Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman on September 18th, 2019, announced the central government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes soon with immediate effect. The announcement came after the Union Cabinet approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Ordinance, 2019, which has been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind.

    “Keeping in view the risk of e-cigarette, the production, manufacturing, import or export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned,” Sitharaman said addressing the media.

    Any production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale (including online sale), distribution or advertisement (including online advertisement) of e-cigarettes shall be a cognizable offence punishable with an imprisonment of up to one year or fine up to Rs 1 lakh or both for the first offence; and imprisonment of up to three years and fine up to Rs 5 lakh for a subsequent offence. Storage of electronic-cigarettes shall also be punishable with an imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.

    Electronic-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce aerosol by heating a solution containing nicotine, which is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes. These include all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Burn Products, e-Hookah and the like devices. These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours and their use has increased exponentially and has acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children. She further said, “E-cigarettes are being used as a style statement. The government wants to stop the contagion before it spread.”

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