The Government approves a sweeping ban on e-cigarettes

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the decision was taken following recommendations of a Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by her

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E-cigarettes are the most common form of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

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These are basically devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves.

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Instead, they vaporise a solution using a battery. This vapour is then inhaled by the user.

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Once the ban comes into force: possession, consumption, production, manufacturing, import, export…

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...transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes would become illegal in India

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The ordinance prohibits storage of any stock of e-cigarettes

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While first-time violators will be punished with imprisonment up to 1 year or a fine up to Rs 1 lakh or both...

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Repeat offenders will attract jail term up to 3 years and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh

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The government said the decision to ban e-cigarettes is aimed at protecting the youth, the section that is most vulnerable to the health hazards of e-cigarettes

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“Smoking e-cigarettes poses health hazards through nicotine and other chemical ingredients”, said I&B minister Prakash Javadekar

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Meanwhile, people took to social media to drop their reactions about the government’s decision

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The ordinance will come into force once approved by the President. It will be converted into a bill in the next session of Parliament

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