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Ban on e-cigarette in India will save many lives

Young people especially school going children are in grip of smoking e-cigarettes, because it does not smell like those conventional cigarettes and bidis because of the flavours. According to government data there are more than 400 brands and manufacturing of these e-cigarettes is not done in India so far and they come in more than 150 flavours.

-P.Srinivasan

People from all sections of the society have hailed the decision of banning electronic cigarette and vaping devices by the Government of India.

Government of India to save people from ill-effects of electronic cigarette and vaping devices has banned them in India. Now production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarette are cognisable offence punishable with an imprisonment and fine. It is to be mentioned that Government of India has banned it now, but the concerned chief minister of Rajasthan banned the e-cigarettes on May 30, 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 18 this month approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 and ordinance was passed on the next day on Thursday September 19, 2019.

An electronic cigarette or Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) is a battery operated smoking device that creates an aerosol by heating a mix of liquid nicotine, propylene glycol, water, glycerine
and flavour, which when inhaled, gives the feel of smoking a real cigarette. Price ranges from Rs 350 to Rs 9000. The e-cigarettes come in multiple flavours and in recent past the use has increased rapidly among children and youth.

Nagendra Kumar, a government personnel said, “The government took the initiative to nip in the bud these products, which in coming times will become a big health menace. This will save millions of lives in India and worldwide.”

Tobacco Free Rajasthan campaign representative Rajan Choudhary welcoming banning e-cigarette said, “We thank the government because now it will be ensured that people especially children and youth will be away from the ill-effects of e-cigarette and will not die an untimely death.”

Although, Government of India has banned it now, but Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot looking to the ill-effects, banned sale of e-cigarette and running of hookah bars in the state on May 30, 2019.

Choudhary said that one-third of the people of Rajasthan use tobacco and every second person of the state is in grip of tobacco use. According to an estimate every year ENDS products sell for Rs 1500 crore in Rajasthan which does not include sale of smoke and smokeless tobacco. Similarly, every year the state government gets revenue of Rs 800 to Rs 1000 crore as tax on sale of tobacco and sale of tobacco products every year is Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 crore of which maximum is illegal sale.

According to Dr Pawan Singhal, head and neck cancer surgeon with Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital, Jaipur said that e-cigarette is as harmful as conventional cigarettes while it was being marketed as an alternative to quit smoking. He said ENDS contains nicotine, which is an addictive component of tobacco products and will cause cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other fatal diseases, as smoking cigarettes and bidis may cause, he added.

Asthma Care Society secretary Dharamveer Kateva said, “It is a great step taken by the Government of India, but it would be great if all kinds of tobacco are banned in the country, which will help make India a healthy country.”

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