India’s health ministry has asked states to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes, vape, e-sheesha, e-hookah etc..
“As such, the states/Union Territories are advised, in larger public health interest and in order to prevent the initiation of ENDS by non-smokers and youth with special attention to vulnerable groups, to ensure that any Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, heatnot-burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine flavoured hookah,” according to an advisory issued by the ministry.
These devices enabled nicotine delivery and hence should not be sold either online or offline. The advisory
also stated that these should not be manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in the state jurisdictions, except for the purpose and in the manner and to the extent as may be approved under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and the rules made thereunder.
The Indian states of Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes and have prohibited the manufacture, import, sale and distribution of ENDS, reports said.