The Indian government is all set to ban e-cigarette and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). This decision needs to be taken to prevent harmful effects among Indians, especially for the children’s who tend to have bad habits. The banning of such products is also recommended by Indian council of medical research (ICMR). According to them, India needs to completely prohibit ENDS and e-cigarettes for protecting public health.
This will be the best precaution for preventing the public from any noxious agent. From the central health ministry, each and every state of India are advised to make sure that e-cigarettes and other e-nicotine flavoured hookahs to stop manufacturing and distribution. It is also advised to stop the advertisement or selling of these particular products in India. As per the advisory by the health ministry, 15 States have already banned them.
The states which have banned this product in India include Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Karnataka, Kerala, and several other states. This ban was introduced under the drugs and cosmetics act which is also known as poisons act. According to this act, nicotine or nicotine related products are included as poison. Central Government has also notified the Central board of indirect taxes and customs, which is an anti-smuggling unit to make sure that this advisory is followed properly.
Drug controller general of India was also notified to follow this banning notice to control the situation in India. E-cigarettes were introduced about 10 years ago in India, and it is one of the most popular products among youth in India. There is a misconception among Indians that, e-cigarettes are completely free of nicotine and it is safe to use. In reality, the tobacco industry had the success after selling of e-cigarettes and holding of the usage of tobacco in most of their products.