After vaping claims lives in the US and Canada, Indian cabinet moves to ban e-cigarettes

Storage of electronic-cigarettes will also be a punishable offense with imprisonment of up to 6 months.

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After vaping claimed 5 lives in the US and one life in Canada, India has moved to completely ban e-cigarettes in the country. The decision was unanimously taken by the Union Cabinet in the best interest of public health.

Following the ordinance, the manufacturing, promulgation,  import, export, transport, sale (including online sale), distribution or advertisement (including online advertisement) of e-cigarettes has been declared as a punishable offense with imprisonment up to one year or up to one lakh fine or both. It must be noticed that the mentioned punishment is for the first time only. For subsequent offenses, the imprisonment will increase up to three years and fine up to ₹5 lakh.

Storage of electronic-cigarettes will also be a punishable offense with imprisonment of up to 6 months or a fine of up to ₹50,000 or both. 

“Envisioned as a tool to combat tobacco addiction, electronic cigarettes, and other vaping products have become a major problem and increase the risk of children adopting them,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a media briefing.

E-cigarettes, basically, ar cigarettes operated by battery. The cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a solution which has nicotine, and addictive substance in combustible cigarettes.

Apart from sickening hundreds of individuals, the epidemic has left several teens in induced comas. Daniel Fox said that the patients that he examined had a type of pneumonia which can occur when either oils or lipids containing substances make an entry into the respiratory portions – lungs.

New York’s health department said that the laboratory test results showed very high levels of vitamin-E oil in cannabis cartridges used by all those affected with the illness within the state and fell ill just after using e-cigarettes and that is why the investigations have been focussed in that particular direction. (Read more here)

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