In a major setback for vapers and e-cigarette smokers, the Central government on Tuesday asked states to stop the manufacture, sale, and import of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an advisory to state governments to stop the manufacture, sale, and import of e-cigarettes, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine flavoured hookah, heat-not-burn devices, the Scroll reported.
Citing reason of health, the Union ministry had to issue an advisory which said, “The States/Union Territories are advised, in larger public health interest and in order to prevent the initiation of ENDS by non-smokers and youth with special attention to vulnerable groups, to ensure that any Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and the like devices that enable nicotine delivery are not sold (including online sale), manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in their jurisdiction.”
The ministry said that ENDS aerosol contains nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco products. It may contribute to cardiovascular disease to the people who use ENDS. It further said that such electronic devices that enable nicotine delivery or its use, are a great health risk to the public at large, especially to children, adolescents, pregnant women and women of reproductive age. The advisory also explained that in addition to creating dependence, nicotine can have adverse effects on the development of the foetus during pregnancy. It may lead to cardiovascular diseases and can also function as a “tumour promoter”.
According to the Ministry, Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have already prohibited the manufacture, distribution, import and sale of artificial nicotine products.