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E-cigarettes banned, announces Nirmala Sitharaman after cabinet meet

Cabinet Approves Ban on sale, manufacturing of e-cigarettes: India

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Cabinet has approved the ban on sale and production of e-cigarettes. The Finance Minister made the announcement at a press conference in Delhi that the cabinet has approved the decision to ban e-cigarettes. Sitharaman said, “The Union Cabinet has given the approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production; manufacturing, import/export, transport; sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned.” Cabinet Approves Ban on sale, manufacturing of e-cigarettes: India The ban will also be extended to other electronic nicotine delivery devices such as e-hookahs. Quoting reports Sitharaman added, “Reports say that there are some who are probably getting into the habit of e-cigarettes as it seems cool. It is believed that there are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured yet in India. And they come in over 150 flavours.”

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In fact, not just users, but also those who are caught engaging in either the manufacturing or storage will be faced with heavy fines. Here are the penalties: For the first-time violators: the Health Ministry has proposed maximum imprisonment of up to one year along with a penalty of Rs 1 lakh. The second offence will lead to a fine as high as ₹5 lakh and imprisonment of up to three years or both. Sitharaman said the government would introduce a bill in Parliament in the winter session. The proposed ban on such products will get legal backing, once the Parliament approves the bill. Get Breaking news and Latest News from India and around the world on GlobalPunjabTV.in. Like us on Facebook for news updates.

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