Health ministry puts bill to ban e-cigarettes in public doma
As the Central health ministry is planning to introduce a Bill banning e-cigarettes in India, in the forthcoming session of Parliament, it has put the consultation draft of the Bill for comments in public domain.

Government promulgated an Ordinance namely-"Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, distribution, storage and Advertisement) Ordinance 2019 on 18th September' 2019'.

According to the Ordinance, the production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement is a cognizable offence, attracting jail term and fine. Also, the violators will face a jail term of up to one year and a fine of ₹1 lakh. For subsequent offences, a jail term of up to three years or a fine of ₹5 lakh or both according to the Ordinance.

The storage of e-cigarettes shall now be punishable with imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of up to ₹50,000 or both, the Ordinance said.

According to the government, the definition of “electronic cigarette" clearly means an electronic device that heats a substance, with or without nicotine and flavors, to create an aerosol for inhalation and includes all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Bum Products, e-Hookah Card the like devices, by whatever name called and whatever shape, size or form it may have, but does not include any product licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

The government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes and vaping recently attracted protests in several parts of the country last month. Scores of vapers, harm reduction advocates, medical professionals and members of the legal fraternity opposed the government’s approval of “Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019" and called for regulation instead of complete ban.

The ordinance is attached below for reference.

The comments/views may be forwarded to Under Secretary (Tobacco Control) Department of Health and Family welfare, Room No- 414 'D' Nirman Bhawan New Delhi-110011 or emailed at on or before 28 November 2019

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We should ban all products related to tobacco and bite the bullet. I know government will not get tax money from these tobacco manufacturers and thus they will have less money to put in their pockets or spend for the people who elected them. But they will save a lot of money in terms of reducing the money spent for treating the number of preventable tobacco-related ailments and premature deaths for not only the active smokers but also the passive smokers. But that will never happen. And still the public will rate the tobacco industry ahead of the healthcare industry because they invest in e-choupal.... Read more
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