Ban of E-cigarettes- Government stops all sales and production
The government of India puts an end to e-cigarettes as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said this will ruin the young generation.
Every process of e-cigarettes be it is manufacturing, production, transport, sale, import/export, distribution, advertisement, and even storage are banned as this is approved by The Union Cabinet said FM Nirmala Sitharaman.
This decision was taken to take early steps toward the health of people and soon an ordinance will be passed by the government of India regarding this in the next session of Parliament.
E-cigarettes don’t operate like traditional cigarettes on tobacco but they use the heating technology that vaporizes liquid nicotine which is inhaled by the consumer. This is a major difference between a combustible and E-cigarette.
Easy accessibility and marketing of e-cigarettes are allowing smokers to get attracted to it much faster and this is the reason why the government has decided to ban it.
According to the official data, around 9, 00,000 people are dying due to tobacco every year.
India has the second-largest adult smokers in the world after China and has over 106 million active smokers. This makes India a potential market for e-cigarette companies like Juul and Philip Morris.
The Union Health Ministry had also issued to every state and (UT) Union Territories that any e-cigarettes, e-nicotine flavored hookah, heat-not-burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), and devices that deliver nicotine are not to be sold, trade, distribute, advertise or manufactured offline or online.
Preeti Sudan, Union Health Secretary suggested to Commerce secretary to block the entry of companies like JUUL or any other vaping device or e-cigarettes companies in India. She also said that if we cannot prevent the entry of these products than it could undercut the efforts of the government to control tobacco.
ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) had also denied the use of e-cigarettes as the reports from their studies show that it is a potential reason for nicotine addiction. They also refer to the study done in the US by food and drug administration (FDA) that the continuous use of e-cigarettes will lead to an increase in smoking among young generations.
The ICMR also pointed out the devices like e-cigarettes not only carry addictive nicotine solution but it also has harmful items like as flavoring agents and vaporizers. There are also many bad effects of using as e-cigarettes or any electronic nicotine devices on the human body like respiratory, carcinogenic, molecular and immunological toxicity, DNA damage, cardiovascular and neurological disease, and worse impact on foetal development during pregnancy.
After the death of several people due to the e-cigarettes, New York also bans Electronic nicotine devices and e-cigarettes. Due to this people are in fear as these products were marketed as less harmful than traditional cigarettes.