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Indian parliament passes new law banning e-cigarettes

Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 4, 2019
India has joined the group of countries that have imposed a complete ban on e-cigarettes.
Vaping in India   Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill
The Indian parliament's Upper House "Rajya Sabha" passed the "Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill 2019" this week, after being passed in Lower House "Lok Sabha" last week.

Earlier, in September the central government issued an Ordinance to ban e-cigarettes. The new law, passed by the parliament, would replace the Ordinance once it is signed by the president.

At the passage of the new legislation, the country's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "We have done it with very pious intention. There is no vested interest."

The bill provides for imprisonment of up to one year, or a fine of up to 100,000 Indian Rupees, or both to a first time violator. And, for any subsequent offence, it says that the crime would be punishable with an imprisonment of up to three years, along with a fine of up to 500,000 Indian Rupees.

The bill contains provisions according to which no person would be allowed to use any place for the storage of any stock of e-cigarettes. If any person stores any stock of e-cigarettes, he will be imprisoned for up to six months, or slapped with a fine of up to fifty thousand rupees, or both, say the bill provisions.

Another provision says that if an authorised officer believes that any provision of the bill has been contravened, he can search any place where trade, production, storage or advertising of e-cigarettes is being undertaken.