Citing health hazards, the Tamil Nadu Government. has banned manufacturing, sale distribution & use or possession of e-cigarettes under the category of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

The decision follows the ban on manufacturing & sale of ENDS in at least 6 other states including Karnataka, Kerala, and Punjab & Jammu & Kashmir.

Reportedly, a recent govt order was issued to prohibit manufacturing, sale, distribution, import & possession of e-cigarettes. According to the govt officials, the decision has been taken considering the health hazards as products have heavy metals and nicotine and can even cause burns and explosion.

Association of Vapers India, an organisation representing smokers & vapers in India, have begun protesting the move and are taking legal advice to approach the judiciary against the order.

The group recently submitted research papers with the State Health Administration to show that e-cigarettes are up to 95% safer than smoking.

Samrat Chowdhery, director, Association of Vapers India, said, “The Tamil Nadu Government has hit a new low in anti-people policy by banning use and possession of e-cigarettes along with their sale. Meanwhile, a far more harmful product, cigarette, continues to be sold freely according to the national GATS-2 survey, the number. Of smokers in the state are rising, which the Government. has failed to curb.”

“The state Government. Has overlooked credible & vast evidence on the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes to impose a ban that will have a negative impact on public health”, Chowderyalleged.

According to reports, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in August had also called for regulating e-cigarettes including a ban on the indoor use. It’s also considered as harmful to children and there have been allegations that use of e-cigarettes is increasing among the children below 18 years of age.

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