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.