E-cigarettes banned publishes Nirmala Sitharaman of Finance Minister on Wednesday declared that the Cabinet had accepted the decision to ban e-cigarettes. The minister stated at a press conference in Delhi after the Cabinet meeting.
“The Union Cabinet has approved to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, production, import/export, transportation, sale, delivery, storage and billing related to e-cigarettes are banned,” said Sitharaman.
The removal of the ban will invite imprisonment of up to one year for first-time offenders, while repeat offenders can get up to three years. The e-hookah too stands prevented, said Sitharaman.
Sitharaman said that the government would bring in an Ordinance and the matter will be taken to the Winter Session of Parliament.
The Refusal of e-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019, was lately examined by a Group of Ministers (GoM) following directions from the Prime Minister’s Office.
E-cigarettes banned publishes Nirmala Sitharaman, Those promoting e-cigarettes argue that they are less harmful than smoking tobacco while the government is of the view that they pose health risks similar to those produced by traditional cigarettes.