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Health & FitIndia bans e-cigarettes as vaping backlash grows

16:35  18 september  2019
16:35  18 september  2019 Source:

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India has announced a ban on the import, sale and production of e - cigarettes as a global backlash against vaping gathers pace. E - cigarettes do not 'burn' but instead heat up a liquid - tasting of everything from bourbon to bubblegum and which usually contains nicotine - that turns into vapour

“ Electronic cigarettes are just as harmful as regular cigarettes, and any claim otherwise is equivalent to the claim that a heart India is pushing for a ban on e - cigarettes while Denmark’s health authority said last Buying up electronic cigarette companies as fast as it can and pushing vaping very hard.

India announced on Wednesday a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco.

India bans e-cigarettes as vaping backlash grows© EVA HAMBACH E-cigarettes have been pushed as a safer alternative to smoking but critics say the flavours appeal particularly to children

The announcement by India came a day after New York became the second US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes following a string of vaping-linked deaths.

"The decision was made keeping in mind the impact that e-cigarettes have on the youth of today," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in New Delhi.

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Several Indian states have already banned e - cigarettes , though local legislation has largely failed to curb importation through online orders. Chewing tobacco is more prevalent than smoking in India but critics of e - cigarettes have raised concerns that vaping is getting children hooked on nicotine from a

NEW York has banned all flavoured e - cigarettes as vaping is linked to at least six deaths and spate of mysterious lung diseases. State governor Andrew Cuomo warned vaping was dangerous and slammed the flavors that are for sale, including bubble gum and cotton candy.

E-cigarettes heat up a liquid -- tasting of anything from bourbon to bubble gum or just tobacco, and which usually contains nicotine -- into vapor which is inhaled.

The vapour is missing the estimated 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke but does contain a number of substances that could potentially be harmful.

They have been pushed by producers, and also by some governments including in Europe as a safer alternative -- and as a way to kick the habit.

However critics say that apart from being potentially harmful in themselves, the flavors of some liquids have turned millions of children into vapers -- and potential future smokers.

The emergency legislation in New York, the second US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, followed a mysterious outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds.

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The Administration is determined to ban flavored e - cigarettes to discourage the young from electronic cigarettes containing any type of flavor that is not tobacco. The concern about vaping is nothing new. The success of vaping in the United States in recent years, and especially the success of JUUL

India banned the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday, a public health decision that will dash India has 106 million adult smokers, second only to China in the world, making it a lucrative market for companies making vaping products such as U.S.-based Juul, as well as Philip

President Donald Trump's administration announced last week that it would soon ban flavored e-cigarette products to stem a rising tide of youth users.

Legislation is also being tightened elsewhere, and in Singapore e-cigarettes are already outlawed. In Japan, vaping and alternatives like "heat not burn" tobacco vaporizers are allowed but e-juices with nicotine are not.

China, home to almost a third of the world's smokers, indicated in July that it wants the "supervision of electronic cigarettes" to be "severely strengthened".

- Big E-Tobacco -

The Indian ban covers the production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage of e-cigarettes, as well as advertisements.

The government said it would "advance tobacco control efforts" and "contribute to a reduction in tobacco usage". Punishments include up to a year in prison.

Although few Indians vape at present, the Indian ban also cuts off a vast potential market of 1.3 billion consumers for makers of e-cigarettes.

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Sitharaman suggested India ’s youth are viewing e - cigarettes as a “style statement”, implying it’s encouraging them to get hooked on nicotine — whereas she noted that companies behind the vaping trend have pitched their products as a way to ween existing smokers off cigarettes .

Andrew Cuomo banned flavored e - cigarettes in New York with an executive order amid growing investigation into mysterious vaping -related illnesses. September 15, 2019- New York City- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces an emergency executive action to ban the sale of flavored electronic

"Big Tobacco" has been investing heavily in the technology to compensate for falling demand for cigarettes due to high taxes and smoking bans, particularly in the West.

In 2018 Altria, the US maker of Marlboro and Chesterfield, splashed out almost $13 billion on a stake in one of the biggest e-cigarette makers, Juul.

- Big killer -

According to the World Health Organization, India is the world's second-largest consumer of traditional tobacco products, which are not covered by the new ban, killing nearly 900,000 people every year.

Some 35 percent of adults are users, although chewing tobacco -- which can also have flavors like chocolate and which also causes cancer -- is more prevalent than smoking.

India is also the world's third-largest producer of tobacco, the WHO says, and tobacco farmers are an important vote bank for political parties.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry, an estimated 45.7 million people depend on the tobacco sector in India for their livelihood.

India also exports around a billion dollars worth of tobacco annually, and the government holds stakes in tobacco firms including ITC, one of India's biggest companies.

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E - cigarette manufacturers may be less familiar with the dangers and use cheaper ingredients to lower costs, the researchers said. But experts warn that this study has its limitations and its findings should be considered carefully. Prof Paul Aveyard, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, at University of Oxford

India 's cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes , saying they pose a risk to health. India has more than 100 million adult smokers, making it a huge potential market for e - cigarette companies. Vaping - which involves inhaling a mix typically made of

"I feel it's absolutely absurd," Aronjoy, 22, a student and occasional vaper, told AFP in a shop selling e-cigarettes.

"The government believes from my perspective that it's alight to smoke cigarettes... which is much more injurious for our health that vaping would be."

The Association of Vapers India said the government's move "indicates it is more concerned about protecting the cigarette industry than improving public health".

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