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Last Updated : Sep 18, 2019 07:48 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

E-cigarettes banned: Nirmala Sitharaman says decision to help youth

The ban prohibits production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale or distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes in India.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a ban on e-cigarettes following a Cabinet meeting on September 18. She said an ordinance will be passed on the same considering the seriousness of the impact of e-cigarettes on the health of people.

The ban prohibits production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale or distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes in India, she said.

“The decision has been taken keeping in mind the impact that e-cigarettes are having on the youth of today,” Sitharaman said.

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She quoted the data on which this is based is largely derived from the US’ experience. The data from the US on the same highlights that there has been a 77.8 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes among school students. The Finance Minister added that surprisingly, use of such products by middle school students has also seen a rise of 48.5 percent.

She added that several journals have stated that nearly 3 million people in the US are regular e-cigarette users, with a 900 percent growth in use of such ENDS products between 2011 and 2016 in the country.

The impact of e-cigarettes has been a cause of concern in the US and several other countries in the West, with seven deaths directly linked to e-cigarettes reported in the US on September 17, Sitharaman added.

On September 17, New York became the first state in the US to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes following a surge of breathing illnesses linked to vaping nationally, according to news reports.

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First Published on Sep 18, 2019 03:37 pm
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