Up to a year in jail threatens the sellers of e-cigarettes in India soon.
The e-cigarette has a hard time. In the US, the authorities suspect a connection between consumption and a wave of lung disease. Two states prohibit them – albeit with restrictions. Now, the first country issues a national ban on electrical stunts.
India is the first country to completely ban e-cigarettes: those who manufacture, import, or export, store, or sell them face heavy fines or imprisonment of up to one year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. Repeated offenders faced imprisonment for up to three years. The government's response to this decision is to react to the harmful effects of e-cigarette use on the youth, said the minister. "It has become fashionable to try it out and consume it regularly," she added. The government said on Twitter that it hoped to ban "general health" from its ban. Already on Tuesday, New York's second state to Michigan imposed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, but those with menthol or non-alcoholic e-cigarettes Spicy tobacco flavor. Governor Andrew Cuomo's "emergency" law was approved by the responsible Public Health and Public Health Council on Tuesday. It also comes into force immediately.Also US plans national ban It is undisputed that manufacturers of e-cigarettes "consciously use flavors such as chewing gum, cotton candy or Captain Crunch to addict young people," said Cuomo. "This is a health crisis, and it ends today." The ban protects "countless young people from developing expensive, unhealthy and potentially life-threatening habits that last a lifetime". The US government is also planning a national ban on flavored e-cigarettes. The US health authorities are alarmed by a wave of serious lung disease suspected to be associated with e-cigarettes. More than 450 cases are known so far, six of the affected patients died. Many of the sufferers are young people. The big tobacco companies have aggressively promoted e-cigarettes in recent years in search of new customers: According to them, these products are significantly less dangerous than traditional cigarettes and can help smokers to switch completely to "safer" ones. Alternatives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), battery-powered devices that evaporate nicotine-laden fluids pose health risks for consumers. It therefore demands their regulation. Above all, critics fear that they will introduce adolescents to tobacco use.