In May, this year, the state joined nearly a dozen other states in India to ban the electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) that include e-cigarettes, vape, e-hookah and heat-not-burn devices among others.
The FDA had taken the decision keeping in mind the growing evidence that ENDS may be as harmful as conventional tobacco products and even act as potential gateways to tobacco addiction in youth.
While speaking to the press, FDA Commissioner Pallavi Darade, said, “The selling and distribution of e-cigarettes is banned. As part of a special campaign, we conducted raids in Bandra, Andheri and Goregaon. We inspected nine sellers and distributors and confiscated e-cigarettes worth Rs 1 lakh from Bandra.”
She added, “A company had imported ‘Verge Ora’ e-cigarettes it did not have the amount of nicotine written on the label. So we restricted the sale of these products with 1.23 lakhs and have kept it with us.”
Darade further said, “We received information that these products are being sold online. We have also appealed the government to ban the sale of e-cigarettes online. The nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to human health. We will take prompt action if we come across such cases.”