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Government bans e-cigarettes

September 19, 2019

The government has put a complete ban on the use of e-cigarettes in the country with immediate effect.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced yesterday that considering the harmful effects of e-cigarettes on the youth and children, the Union Cabinet has decided to ban the product.

Sitharaman said, "The production, manufacturing, import or export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned."

"Reports say that there are some who are probably getting into the habit of e-cigarettes as it seems cool. It is believed that there are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured yet in India. And they come in over 150 flavours," she also said

The ban applies on production, manufacturing, import, export, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes. An ordinance has been cleared regarding this and has been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Responding to the ban, politician, media and television personality Pritish Nandy tweeted," E-cigarettes banned, good. Very good. But curious why we don't ban real cigarettes and beedis. Is the huge excise and GST collected more important than matters of public health? In that case why all this moral posturing?"

People found breaking the law for the first time will face a prison term of up to one year and a fine of ₹1 lakh. Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to three years and will have to pay a fine of up to ₹5 lakh.

With more than 10 crore adult smokers in the country, nine lakh people die every year due to tobacco-related illnesses.

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