Commerce Ministry for law to ban making, sale of e-cigarettes
- The Commerce Ministry has asked the Health Ministry to frame a law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of a domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports.
- The Health Ministry had asked the Commerce Ministry to issue a notification banning import of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah.
- Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise a solution, which a user then inhales. The main constituents of the solution, in addition to nicotine, are propylene glycol (with or without glycerol and flavouring agents).