Govt bans production, import of e-cigarettes

U.S. FDA seeks details on new electronic cigarettes

Vape liquids are displayed at the shop Cloud99 Vapes in Manhattan New York on Sept. 20 2018

Calling E-cigarettes as "style statement" she said that people are getting into the habit of e-cigarettes as it seems cool.

Indians looking to get their next fix of e-cigarettes are set to experience withdrawal with the country preparing to ban the production, sale or use of the product.

Currently, there are over 460 e-cigarette brands in India, with various configurations of nicotine delivery - including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine-flavoured hookah, and other similar devices - and offer over 7,700 flavours.

Why the need for an ordinance?

A roadside tobacco shop vendor displays an e cigarette in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

E-cigarettes, or vapes as they are more commonly known, have been a growing fad among many smokers and non-smokers, especially young millennials. Hence it is not true that e-cigarettes are safer. And like cigarettes, ENDS must be regulated, come with health warnings, not be sold to minors, etc.

India can also be the world's second-largest client of conventional tobacco merchandise, though chewing - which nonetheless causes most cancers - is rather more frequent than smoking, killing practically 900,000 individuals a 12 months, in response to the WHO.

As of 2015, around two thirds of major nations have regulated e-cigarettes in some way. Electronic cigarettes and other vaping products increase the risk of children taking up smoking, the minister said. Consumption of e-cigarettes has been rising among high school students. "E-cigarettes were meant to be a way of weaning away from smoking cigarettes", Sitharaman added.

While health experts have welcomed the ban.

She further said that the decision was taken "so that we could take early action with regards to the health of people".

"So far, there are no studies in India on the health impact of the use of e-cigarettes but studies in the USA indicate that young people were at grave risk, " Mr Sudan said.

AVI said it will explore legal options to challenge the ordinance.

The government's decision is backed by recommendations from several expert groups, public health advocates and research organisations.

"What appears to matter more to the government is protecting its 28 percent stake in the country's cigarette monopoly ITC". FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless called it an "alarming and concerning trend". Juul, the leading e-cigarette company in the USA, feels that banning flavored products, particularly mint and menthol, is a bad idea.

The official rejected the argument that the government is pro-tobacco industry. The government claims that e-cigarettes have become an addictive havoc in the West and India needs to avoid falling into the same trap.

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