Govt Bans E-Cigarettes
GUWAHATI: The government banned e-cigarettes on Wednesday with the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam announcing that the Cabinet has approved the decision to ban e-cigarettes.
“The Union Cabinet has given approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned,” said the finance minister.
She said that the government will also bring an ordinance in the matter.
E-cigarette or electronic cigarette is a device which is shaped like a long cigarette but it doesn’t contain tobacco. It contains a nicotine solution and flavouring substance.
Sitharaman said that those who violate the ban will face imprisonment of up to one year for first time offenders. Further, repeat offenders can face up to three years.