Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

On e-cigarettes ban

On e-cigarettes ban

Group of Ministers (GoM) examined the Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019 after receiving instructions from the Prime Minister's Office.

President Donald Trump has directed the Food and Drug Administration to remove vaping products with flavors other than tobacco from the market, largely out of concern that the flavored products are popular with children.

India is the second-largest market for cigarette smoking in the world, after China. Since e-cigarette has a small consumer base, the ban will be highly effective.

Contrary to the narrative that only teens use "kid-friendly" vape flavors, a recent study of more than 20,000 adult e-cigarette users found they prefer fruit and sweet flavored vape liquid much more than traditional tobacco flavored vape liquid.

The Indian ban will be imposed through an executive order. E-cigs act as a substitute and a tool for helping people who smoke cigarettes to wane themselves off on a healthier alternative while still getting their nicotine fix.

According to, the idea of an e-cigarette was first flouted by a person named Joseph Robinson in 1927. Several state governments in the country had already prohibited e-cigarettes before the central government's announcement.

Market research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape will reach nearly 55 million by 2021.

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Bela Matyas, the county Public Health officer, said in a statement released last week. All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping .

Various farmers' associations in India have also been demanding a ban on e-cigarettes, saying they were negatively impacting tobacco farmers.

"Taking the Ordinance route itself was a clear evidence of the fundamental unsustainability of the government's position".

The rise of vaping comes after at least two decades of great success in decreasing smoking rates across the country and has health experts concerned that those gains could be reversed. The agency got authority over what it calls "electronic nicotine delivery systems" only in 2016 and is now working on new research and regulations.

According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Juul targets teenagers with flavors like "Bubble Gum", "Cotton Candy", and "Captain Crunch".

The European Commission has pledged to review the science on vaping by May 2021 with a view to possibly updating the directive. "We don't know what the dangers of e-cigarettes are". "There is no "good smoke" and all forms of smoke are bad", said Dr. Dharminder Nagar, MD of Paras Healthcare. "This is why the approach to present e cigarettes as a "safer" option is highly flawed", Nagar added.

"The major difference between conventional and e-cigarettes is that the latter do not contain tobacco".

Vaping products were not credited for a million-strong drop in the number of daily smokers between 2016 and 2017, with the health ministry linking the decline to higher tobacco taxes - despite figures showing that many smokers kicked the habit through vaping. Instead they would encourage the use of more addictive and harmful traditional cigarettes and nurture an already thriving black market that is supplying unsafe products to unwitting consumers.

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