(GIST OF YOJANA) Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes [NOVEMBER-2019]
(GIST OF YOJANA) Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes
Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes
- In Prohibition a major health of Electronic and wellness Cigarettes initiative (production, for the country, manufacture, the Union import, Cabinet export, approved transport, the Promulgation sale, distribution, of the storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019.
- Electronic-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce aerosol by heating a solution containing nicotine, which is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes. These include all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat-Not-Bum Products, e-Hookah and similar devices. Their use has increased exponentially in developed countries, especially among youth and children.
- Upon promulgation of the Ordinance, any production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale (including online sale), distribution or advertisement (including online advertisement) of e-cigarettes shall be a cognizable offence, punishable with imprisonment of up to one year or fine up to Rs. 1 lakh or both for the first offence and imprisonment of up to three years and fine up to Rs. 5 lakh for a subsequent offence. Storage of electronic-cigarettes shall also be punishable, with an imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs. 50,000 or both. The owners of existing stocks of e-cigarettes on the date of commencement of the Ordinance will have to suo moto declare and deposit these stocks with the nearest police station.