In the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, it was decided to ban e-cigarettes. The proposal has been approved. This decision has been taken to prevent harm from the increasing use of e-cigarettes among the youth. Now the production, sale, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisements of e-cigarettes have been banned in India. Recently, the Group of Ministers examined the e-cigarette prohibition ordinance 2019, which made some suggestions.
In the meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, the habit of e-cigarette is spoiling the health of the youth. Strict decisions need to be taken before the situation worsens. If the rules are broken again, you will have to pay 5 times more fine. The Health Ministry has also fixed the penalty for breaking the ordinance. For breaking the rules for the first time, a fine of 1 lakh rupees and one year jail has been proposed. For doing this more than once, a fine of Rs 5 lakh and jail for 3 years has been recommended.
Karnataka, Kerala, Mizoram, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have issued orders banning the production, distribution and sale of e-cigarettes. Haryana has also termed nicotine as poison. According to a report by the National Center for Human Settlement and Environment, e-cigarettes are more prone to diseases related to infertility, brain and liver besides cancer. The reason for this, is that the amount of nicotine in the blood is high in the lungs through e-cigarette.
According to a research, the risk of heart attack in e-cigarette smokers increases up to 56% and can lead to blood clotting. E-cigarettes being a non-licensed product, its usage is increasing rapidly in India. There are 460 brands of e-cigarettes in the country. It has more than 7,700 flavors available. According to a report by the World Health Organization, advertisements said that e-cigarettes decrease the habit of cigarette smoking in people. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, so only when it is released will it be beneficial.