Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressed the nation through the radio program, "Mann Ki Baat". As per the norm, he went live on the last Saturday of the month where he said that there is a myth lying around the e-cigarettes. He said that people believe that they don't pose a danger, and to clarify things, he cleared the misconceptions related to the matter.
PM Modi actually urged people of the nation to give up consumption of Tobacco and also ensured the ban of e-cigarettes. He said that it will help the younger generation to keep themselves away from bad addiction and intoxication.
ENDS can target the school and college students for addiction as they can produce these products online. The e-cigarettes vapes range from Rs. 300 to 7000.
E-cigarette is an electronic device which works on the functionality of heating the fluid which contains nicotine and thus creates a smoke via which the consumption of nicotine is taken by a person.
National Institute on drug abuse has also shared that children in their teens (school/college students) are more likely to fall prey to e-cigarettes and finally start consuming Tobacco.
Around 2 weeks earlier, as on September 18th, the Union cabinet and Finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman banned the sale of e-cigarettes aka Vapes along with its production and storage through an ordinance. This ordinance will be presented as a bill in the next Parliament session as scheduled.
PM Modi shared the fact that e-cigarettes are different from conventional cigarettes as they don't spread smell and bad odour because of the fragrance added to it. But the chemical which spreads the fragrance is very harmful and will pose a danger to health. This way he has cleared the misconception.
E-cigarettes are something new which Indians have made use of but they don't know the health hazard which it can cause. People are aware of conventional cigarettes and have knowledge that it does harm but e-cigarettes awareness is very less among people.
Under the Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019, the Government of India has banned the ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems).
This ordinance states that the first time violators of this will face imprisonment of one year along with a fine penalty of Rs. 1 Lakh. People who will do subsequent offences can also be put under a sentence of up to 3 years in jail or a fine of 5 lakhs or both.
Under this ordinance, the owners who have ENDS stocks piled up with be required to declare the same with their nearest police station.
Around 13 states of India has already banned the use of ENDS in March month this year which includes Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Jharkhand.