There are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured yet in India and they come in over 150 flavours
The Union Cabinet has
given nod to ban, sale, production, and import and distribution of
e-cigarettes. Union Finance
Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has said that e-cigarettes have been banned as reports say that there are some who are
probably getting into the habit as it seems cool.”
She added that “there are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured yet in India and they come in over 150 flavours.
The move is similar to what New York and Michigan have already done. New York became the second US state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes, following several vaping-linked deaths that have raised fears about a product long promoted as less harmful than smoking.
Michigan was the first US state to declare a ban earlier this month, but that law has yet to be implemented.
The move could later be extended to an outright prohibition of vaping if adolescents migrate to tobacco flavors, seen as more legitimate products that help smokers quit their habit, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates e-cigarettes.