India will ban electronic cigarettes

On September 18, India’s finance minister announced that electronic cigarettes would be banned in all parts of the country. The decree was passed by the trade union cabinet and submitted to the president.
Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s finance minister, pointed out that the ban was very stringent, forbidding the production, manufacture, import and export, transportation, sale, distribution, storage and advertising of electronic cigarettes.
The law stipulates that smokers who violate the law for the first time will be imprisoned for one year, fined 10,000 rupees (about 995 yuan), and the punishment for recidivism will be increased. The law is currently awaiting parliamentary approval in November.
More than 1 billion adults smoke in India, which is an important market for the tobacco industry. More than 90,000 Indians die from tobacco-related diseases every year.
In recent days, controversy over electronic cigarettes has continued. The CDC said that the number of electronic cigarette-related pulmonary diseases increased sharply from May to June this year. At present, there are about 500 related cases in 33 states, resulting in six deaths. Serious lung diseases related to electronic cigarettes are being actively investigated and the public is urged to avoid using electronic cigarettes during the investigation period.