Published: Wed, September 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India's government approves ban on e-cigarettes

India's government approves ban on e-cigarettes

"This means the production, manufacturing, import and export, sale, distribution and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned", Ms Sitharaman told a news conference.

While the vaping liquid used in e-cigarettes does not contain the vast majority of the more harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, it does contain a number of other substances which could be harmful to humans.

Shares in ITC, India's top cigarette maker, ended up almost one per cent, while its rival Godfrey Phillips surged 5.2 per cent. E-cigarettes form just a tiny part of their product range.

While the customs, drugs and health administrations are against e-cigarettes, the trade ministry said in April this year that it can not impose a ban on e-cigarette imports since local production of it has not been halted yet.

India's ban came a day after NY became the second U.S. state to prohibit the use of flavoured e-cigarettes. "And they come in over 150 flavours", Sitharaman said.

As per the draft Bill, the offence will be punishable with a jail term of up to one year or a fine up to ₹1 lakh or both for the first-time offenders, and jail of up to three years and fine up to ₹5 lakh for repeat offenders. "E-hookahs are also included in this ban".

India has 106 million adult smokers, second only to China in the world, making it a lucrative market for companies making vaping products such as US -based Juul, as well as Philip Morris which manufactures a heat-not-burn tobacco device.

"In fact, the countries that these e-cigarettes belong to, like the U.S., have also banned them", Jagjit Singh Dallewala of the BKU said in a statement on Tuesday. This is the sixth consecutive year it has given such a bonus. This is the reward for productivity, " the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar said.

The Union Finance Minister during the press briefing said the Central government will bring in an ordinance and the matter will be taken up in the Winter Session of the Parliament.

-Railway employees to get 78 days' bonus. A recent study claimed the tobacco industry in India, including cigarettes, is a Rs 11.79 lakh crore sector, sources said.

The dialogue surrounding the ban on e-cigarettes has grown exponentially in India, ever since the union Health Department had issued an advisory in August 2018, to ban e-cigarettes. Traditional tobacco products are not affected. They also said that anyone found in violation of the ban will be punishment with imprisonment of up to 1 year or a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh, or both for the first offence and imprisonment of 3 years or a fine up to Rs 5 lakhs or both, for subsequent offence.

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