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July 28, 2017

In India, 5 States Now Prohibit Vapor Sales

A fifth Indian state has imposed a ban on vape product sales. Jammu and Kashmir joins Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra and Kerala in prohibiting sales of e-cigarettes. Combustible cigarettes remain legal in all five states.

“A complete ban has been imposed on the sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS)/ e-cigarettes in the state with immediate effect,” said a statement issued by Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, according to The Economic Times. The Directorate of Health Services also runs the State Tobacco Control Cell.

The ban is typical of the policy measures encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC). “The decision on electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ENNDS) invites Parties that have not yet banned the importation, sale and distribution of ENDS/ENNDS to consider either prohibition or regulating such products,” said the official press release from last year’s FCTC conference.

According to an unnamed delegate at the FCTC conference, India may be planning a national ban. “Other countries might choose to restrict access,” he told The Hindu newspaper. “India has taken a unified stand against ENDS as there are enough tobacco products in the market already. It will take us years to understand the full effects of ENDS products. There is not enough research and a complete prohibition will help prevent more tobacco-related illnesses.”

Jammu and Kashmir is in the northern part of the country, in the Himalayas, and shares disputed borders with both China and Pakistan. It is the only Muslim-majority state in India.

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Faheem Khilji
Faheem Khilji
3 years ago

totaly shits are happening all around to save ITC (main cigarette manufacturer of india)selling cigarettes is one of very important source of govt wheres they are earning 30-45% taxes. now they are not thinking to save lives they want increase more sales of cigarettes thats why banning vape in different states. cigarets are having thousand of harmful chemicals including tar which is the main cause of cancer. why the U.K govt is promiting vaping and how they are claiming its 95% safer then traditional cigarettes. what the studies and researches of indian govt on behalf they are commiting to ban… Read more »

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