Vape Live

Proud winner of Ecigclick’s BEST TRADE SHOW 2020

Vape Live
Health & WellbeingNewsPolitics

Indian Vape Ban Looms

1 Mins read

The Indian government is considering an outright ban on e-cigarettes after the Union Health Ministry came to the contestable conclusion that vape products are addictive and harmful.

The study was commissioned after The Health Department of Maharashtra requested that the Food and Drug Administration enforce a ban.

Experts have been critical of the findings, which ignore the potential for harm reduction in a country that has 11.2% of the world’s smokers.

Professor R.N. Sharan of the Department of Biochemistry, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) and M. Siddiqi, Chairman of Cancer Foundation of India have written a letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda urging him to consider regulating electronic cigarettes instead of banning them outright.

“We believe that public health in India is at a greater risk under a prohibitive environment than by allowing smokers, who wish to cease tobacco use, an alternative option based on nicotine replacement via e-cigarettes.”

A number of states including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Maharashtra already prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and it is estimated that 30-50% of the e-cigarette market is online.

While all parties agree that some form of government control is needed to safeguard minors from exposure to nicotine, critics argue that it would hypocritical to ban safer alternatives to smoking while allowing tobacco sales to continue.

Related posts
Business & FinanceNewsPolitics

Canadian Vape Shop Owner Challenges 'Damaging' New Regulations

1 Mins read
Policymakers in Nova Scotia have come under fire after introducing heavy new regulations against vaping. Cloud Factory Vape Shop co-owner, William MacEachern,…
NewsPolitics

Leaked European Commission Proposal Puts Vaping Under Threat

1 Mins read
The EU will soon consider a proposal to ban flavours and vaping in public places, according to a leaked copy of the…
NewsPolitics

New Zealand Launches Consultation on New Vaping Laws

1 Mins read
The New Zealand Ministry of Health is calling on the public to provide feedback on the nation’s draft vape regulations. New Zealand…

2 Comments

Leave a Reply