Govt bans production, sale of e-cigarettes, cites health hazards; ordinance soon

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First-time violators of the ban on production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale and advertisements of e-cigarettes will face a jail term of up to one year and a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

Andrew Cuomo says he's directing state health officials to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, citing the risk of young people getting addicted to nicotine. Envisioned as a tool to combat tobacco addiction, electronic cigarettes and other vaping products have become a major problem and increase the risk of children taking up smoking, she said. The ministry has recommended a maximum of up to three years of jail and a penalty of Rs 5 lakh for repeat offenders, the sources said.

India has announced a ban on electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco.

The ordinance prohibits storage of any stock of e-cigarettes and states that any existing stock will have to be disposed of from the date of promulgation of the ordinance. President Donald Trump's administration announced last week that it would soon ban flavoured e-cigarette products to stem a rising tide of youth users.

"I feel it's absolutely absurd", Aronjoy, 22, a student and occasional vaper, told AFP in a shop selling e-cigarettes.

TOI was the first to report on June 12 that Cabinet approval of a ban on e-cigarettes was imminent.

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Following the announcement, shares of cigarette companies have soared. They contain an aerosol solution which contains nicotine extracted from tobacco used in conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes form just a tiny part of their product range.

If the government brings an ordinance, it will have to replace it with a bill in the next session of parliament.

They have been pushed by producers, and also by some governments including in Britain, as a safer alternative to traditional smoking - and as a way to kick the habit.

The ban would need to be approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to go into effect, but it is expected that he will sign it.

The Union government's decision comes after several states including, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Jharkhand had previously banned e-cigarettes. However, tobacco is not the only culprit in a cigarette smoke; there is an entire array of other harmful chemicals, many of which are also present in e cigarettes.

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