will be #banned
in India with immediate effect, #Finance
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Wednesday. Envisioned as a tool to combat #tobacco #addiction,
electronic cigarettes and other vaping products have become a major problem and increase the risk of children taking up #smoking,
she said. "The production, #manufacturing,
import or export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and #advertising
related to e-cigarettes are banned," Ms Sitharaman said, announcing that the #unioncabinet
had cleared an ordinance that has been sent to #President
Ram Nath Kovind.
E-cigarettes are being used as a "style statement", the minister said, and the government wants to stop the contagion before it spreads. Many #ecigarette
companies have been accused of trying to attract a new generation of #nicotine
users. "Reports say that there are some who are probably getting into the habit of e-cigarettes as it seems cool. It is believed that there are more than 400 #brands,
none of which is manufactured yet in India. And they come in over 150 flavours," Ms Sitharaman said.
had proposed to ban the devices in #public
interest, saying it was needed to ensure e-cigarettes don't become an "epidemic" among #children