The first offence will be punishable by up to one year in prison or a fine of up to 100,000 rupees ($1,405), or both. For a subsequent offence, the punishment will be imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to 500,000 rupees ($7,028). The ordinance lapses if the government is not able to get the legislation passed by Parliament within six weeks of re-assembly.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the government of India announced a ban on the production, import/export and sale of electronic cigarettes, commonly called e-cigarettes, adding they can adversely affect health. These were also listed as non-cognisable offenses.
Juul had plans to launch its e-cigarette in India and has hired several senior executives in recent months. "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".
It's still technically legal to smoke an e-cigarette in India, but finding a legal supply of nicotine to smoke will be hard. You can just charge it like a mobile phone. "It is believed that there are more than 400 brands, they come in over 150 flavours".
India on Wednesday outlawed the sale of all e-cigarettes in a bid to stop an "epidemic" like the one sparking bans in NY and the rest of the US.
"Studies have shown that the smoke, which is exhaled from e-cigarettes, contain high levels of nicotine and this affects people who passively smoke it on a much larger scale". Despite efforts such as spreading awareness and big pictorial warning, tobacco is causing harm to users.
Almost 400 people across the US have been stricken with a lung illness which is potentially vaping-related, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The cabinet thought it's time to immediately take a decision so the young people's health is not at risk. Hence we can conclude that e-cigarettes are as harmful as regular cigarettes". United Kingdom scientists and campaigners are focused on e-cigarettes as a way for adults to quit smoking.
The move came as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that it was investigating five deaths in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and OR, all associated with use of vaping products, BBC reported.