The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave approval to ban sale, production, import and distribution of e-cigarettesor electronic cigarettes. Announcing the decision, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that “the Cabinet decided to ban e-cigarettes and similar products as they pose health risk to people, especially the youth.”
She said “reports say that there are some people who are probably getting into the habit as e-cigarettes seems cool.” The finance minister added that “there are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured yet in India and they come in over 150 flavours.”
Sitharaman also stated that e-cigarettes were becoming an increasing health risk as they were being used as a “style statement”, and not as a tobacco cessation product.
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