Union health ministry considers to ban E-cigarettes

The Union health ministry, in an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, has stated that the government is considering to put a ban on E-cigarettes. The ministry also said that E-cigarettes smoking among the young generation eventually leads to actual cigarette smoking

Govt to act on e-cigarettes and hookah?

  • Many studies have stated and proven that the younger generation starts smoking actual cigarettes, after smoking E-cigarettes
  • The Union Health Ministry, in an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, stated that the government is considering to put a complete ban on E-cigarettes
  • The ministry of health also told the court that there are no specific guidelines for E-cigarettes, but few states have already enforced a complete ban on them
  • E-cigarette smoking, in the country, is increasing and has attracted more and more young generation into its addiction. 

The affidavit filed by the Union Health Ministry states, 

The chief constituent of e-cigarettes is nicotine. It also has a high level of toxicity and can lead into the development of cardiovascular and lung diseases, have an adverse effect on the immune and gastrointestinal systems, put a risk of miscarriage in pregnant women, etc. 

The ministry is in the process of issuing appropriate guidelines for regulating, including the ban on manufacture, import, sale and any kind of trade in nicotine (other than therapeutic use approved and prescribed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act), or any device such as E-cigarettes 

The question of rising prevalence of  E-cigarette smoking in India was also raised by the parliamentarians, in the winter session of the parliament. While replying to the question, 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.”

So far, the FDA of Maharashtra has written a letter to the central government to put a ban on e-cigarettes. States like Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, and Kerala have already banned it. The central government has also issued an advisory to alert the states about e-cigarettes and its health hazards.