Bhopal: National centre for human settlements & environment (NCHSE) and consumer voice has urged in its letter to the CM to ban e-cigarettes in the state. NCHE have raised the issue of increasing smoking practices among the youths on the name of safe smoking and wanted to ban the e-cigarette.
In India e-cigarette is currently banned in 8 states: Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra, Bihar, Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala. Recently, health minister of Tamil Nadu announced in the legislative assembly that the state government is going to ban e-cigarette in the state.
Director general, NCHSE Dr.Pradip Nandi, said “Newer forms of addiction are destroying our younger generations. Before it’s too late we request our state government to completely ban e-cigarettes in the larger interest of public health and save our citizens from this nicotine menace.”
Electronic cigarette (E-cigarette, e-cig) is a battery-powered vaporizer which simulates the feeling of smoking, but without burning tobacco. Using an e-cigarette is called vaping. The liquid used for vaping may contain nicotine, flavourings, and other chemicals. The heated liquid turns into the vapor (aerosol) that is inhaled. These e-cigarettes are also called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
COO, Consumer VOICE, New Delhi Ashim Sanyal said, “We sincerely urge government of MP to ensure strict implementation of ban on e-cigarette to save precious lives from nicotine addiction in the state.”