India proposes ban on e-cigarettes | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, August 23, 2019

India proposes ban on e-cigarettes

India’s health ministry has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes.

The ministry has proposed that the government issue an executive order banning the devices in the public interest, saying it was needed to ensure e-cigarettes don’t become an “epidemic” among children and young adults.

Health officials are proposing jail terms of up to three years, with a penalty of up to 500,000 rupees ($7,000), for repeat offenders against the new rules, according to a draft of the executive order. First-time offenders would face a prison term of up to one year and a fine of 100,000 rupees.

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