‘No proposal to impose ban on import of e-cigarette,’ govt informs Lok Sabha

The Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, C R Choudhary informed the Lok Sabha that they are no plans to ban the import of E-cigarettes at this stage

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A roundtable discussion was conducted on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) on July 04, 2014, wherein eminent doctors, specialists, scientists and officers of health and drug department concluded that available scientific evidences indicate that the ENDS and similar technologies that encourage tobacco use, are hazardous for an active as well as passive user and have an adverse impact on public health.

E-cigarette or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) has not been separately classified under Import Policy. On the basis of item description reported of imported items in the import database, country-wise import of “E-Cigarettes, its Accessories and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems(ENDS)”, for the last two financial years (2016-17 to 2017-18) is Annexed.

In order to maintain commercial confidentiality Importer/Exporter-wise trade data is not disseminated.

As per “WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015”, 25 Countries have legislation banning the sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS)/ Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery System (ENNDS).

There is no proposal, at this stage, to impose ban on import of e-cigarettes or ENNDS.

During the winter session of parliament in December last year, Union Health Minister JP Nadda had stated, “Government of India has formed a three-member council that will look into the issues of e-cigarettes. One is the legal implication of nicotine-drug induced systems, second is health effects and third is advocacy. All sub-groups have submitted their reports to the government. We are looking for a legal opinion. And soon the government will decide about the course of action. Many countries have regulated it and many countries have banned it, so after a legal opinion, we will be working on it.”