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12 states ban e-cigarettes, health ministry urges all to follow

Following an advisory from the ministry of health and family welfare issued last year, at least 12 states in India have banned Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). States of Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Jharkhand have taken steps to ban the use of ENDS, officials in the union health ministry have said.

Of late, e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’ have gained massive popularity particularly, it is said, among the teens. Though they are cigarettes without tobacco, doctors caution that they pose the same risks like the common cigarettes.

Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vapingdevice. E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales.

In fact, it became popular because it is said to be an effective means of getting rid of cigarette smoking.

In August 2018, the ministry had issued an advisory to all states and union territories to ensure that ENDS, e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine flavoured hookah, and similar devices that enable nicotine delivery are not sold (including online sale), manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in their jurisdictions. The move came in the wake of the Delhi High Court taking strong exception to the Centre for delay in coming up with appropriate measures to tackle the “new emerging threat" of e-cigarettes in the country. Recently, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), had also issued a similar order.

 

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