The tragic a part of this motion is that it was enacted to focus on solely the confirmed safer alternate options, making it counterproductive to public well being. Though the Karnataka authorities had banned the sale and manufacturing of e-cigarettes in June 2016, acquiring the units illegally stays frequent throughout the state.

ENDS are modern clear nicotine supply methods that contain no combustion and subsequently produce decreased emissions and poisonous byproducts by at the very least an order of magnitude.”

“Regardless of this, we discover that unlawful sale of e-cigarettes is rampant within the State. The Cybercrime police not too long ago issued notices to e-commerce platforms cautioning them that they can’t promote e-cigarettes on-line. Additionally customs officers have been seizing nicotine cartridges and e-cigarettes from individuals flying into Karnataka from outdoors,” mentioned U.S. Vishal Rao, member of the State authorities’s Excessive-Powered Committee on Tobacco Management.

“Nicotine is used as a direct substance in e-cigarettes and the content material ranges as much as 36 mg/mL. Though common cigarettes too have nicotine, it’s within the vary of 1.2 to 1.four mg/mL,” added Rao.

According to these arguments, in keeping with a June report by the Press Belief of India, a proposal by the Medication Technical Advisory Board of India, plans to ban the sale, manufacture, import and distribution of all ENDS, beneath Sections 26A and 10A of the Medication and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The proposal states that, “After revisiting its earlier deliberations, the Medication Consultative Committee has concluded that these units fall beneath the definition of ‘drug’.”

A Counterproductive transfer to public well being

In the meantime, public well being consultants amongst whom famend anti-smoking researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, agree that such a stance will show counterproductive to the native smoking epidemic. In an article on ET by the heart specialist disseminated the state of affairs and defined it intimately.

“Whereas India continues its struggle in opposition to rampant tobacco use, particularly cigarette smoking, policymakers are nonetheless grappling to grasp the idea of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes or Digital Nicotine Supply Methods (ENDS) are modern clear nicotine supply methods that contain no combustion and subsequently produce decreased emissions and poisonous byproducts by at the very least an order of magnitude,” defined Farsalinos.

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