India ban electronic cigarettes

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Indian government on Wednesday approved a ban on electronic cigarettes in the country, according to the Hindustan Times , citing Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“The cabinet approved the ban on electronic cigarettes. This means that the manufacture, import, export, transportation, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to electronic cigarettes is prohibited,” said Sitharaman.

She added that soon the government will issue a corresponding decree, which will be “immediately” transmitted to the president of the country for its entry into force.
Earlier in August, the Indian Ministry of Health proposed to the government to ban the production and import of electronic cigarettes, as well as introduce a prison sentence for violators.

In the draft decree, the department proposed the introduction of a punishment of imprisonment for a term of three years and a fine of up to 500 thousand rupees (6.9 thousand dollars) for repeated violation of the ban. For those who commit the offense for the first time, it is proposed to introduce a punishment of imprisonment for one year and a fine of 100 thousand rupees (1.38 thousand dollars).


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