Published On: Thu, Sep 19th, 2019

India bans e-cigarettes

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Production, export, import, sale, transport or advertisements of e-cigarettes is now a cognizable offence in India and can attract a prison term of up to one year as well as a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The government issued Thursday an ordinance to ban such alternative smoking devices.

According to the ordinance, subsequent offences may attract a jail term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh.

Storage of electronic cigarettes henceforth will be punishable in India attracting a jail term of up to six moths and/or a fine of up to Rs 50,000.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Union Cabinet decided Wednesday to issue a ban on the production, export, import, sales and distribution of all kinds of e-cigarettes as the products post health risk and it is mostly used by the youth.

Meanwhile, on international platform, WarnerMedia, Viacom and CBS have banned the advertisements of e-cigarettes citing health crisis and global health concerns over a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has hospitalized hundreds of smokers and taken lives of seven people.

India bans e-cigarettes

WarnerMedia spokesperson said, “WarnerMedia reserves the right to withdraw advertising from its platforms at its discretion.”

Earlier this month Michigan banned flavored e-cigarettes and became the first US state to do so.

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