The Central Government is now preparing to bring up a bill that will ban the use of e-cigarettes in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament that is to begin on November 18.
As per reports, the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Import, Export, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, prepared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, will replace the ordinance that was promulgated in September.
E-cigarettes have become quite popular in the Northeast along with the rest of the country.
The Health Ministry had earlier stated that there is evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco products and induce adolescents and young adults to nicotine use leading to addiction.
India has over 100 million adult smokers and many people die every year in the country after consuming tobacco products.
According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey report 48.2 per cent of adults in Assam consume tobacco in some form or the other in which 62.9 per cent constitute male and 32.9 per cent female.
Youngsters are being lured towards e-cigarettes by projecting them to be a ‘healthier’ alternative to traditional cigarettes but this is not true.
People get addicted to nicotine present in e-cigarettes which has harmful consequences in the long term.
Electronic cigarette is a battery-powered vaporizer which simulates the feeling of smoking, but without burning tobacco.