The Government has banned the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in India with immediate effect. The decision was taken due to an alarming rise in vaping among young population affecting their health.
“The Union Cabinet has given the approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned,” Sitharaman said in a press conference.
She also said that an ordinance has been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for approval.
The Finance Minister said the decision was taken “so that we could take early action with regards to health of people”.
“Reports say that there are some who are probably getting into the habit of e-cigarettes as it seems cool. It is believed that there are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured in India. And they come in over 150 flavours,” Sitharaman said.
As per the report, a Group of Ministers (GoM) recently examined Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019 following directions from the Prime Minister’s Office.
According to a draft ordinance proposed by the Health Ministry, storage of e-cigarettes will be a punishable offence and culprits could face a jail term of up to one year along with a penalty of Rs. 1 lakh
The ordinance will need to be approved by the parliament when it returns for the next session due in November.