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Lok Sabha has passed the bill to prohibit the E-Cigarette.

Lok Sabha has passed the bill to prohibit the E-Cigarette in the interest of the public health as envisaged under article 47 of the constitution.

Due to the tremendous growth of usage among the younger generation and on recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO)-FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON TOBACCO CONTROL 2003,  the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has urged the Parliament to pass the ordinance which was already passed on september 18, 2019 for ban on E-cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarette as defined under the bill- “Electronic Cigarette” means an electronic device that heats a substance, with or without nicotine and flavours, to create an aerosol for inhalation and includes all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Burn Products, e-Hookah and like devices by whatever name called and whatever shape, size or form it may have, but does not include any product licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act,1940.

  1. The object of the bill is to prohibit the production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of E-Cigarettes and also imposes the punishment for those who contravenes the provision  with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees or with both.

  2. In case of advertisement, the imprisonment may extend to three years with fine which may extend to five lakh rupees.

  3. In case of storage, the imprisonment may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees or with both.

  4. The companies which conducts such business shall also be deemed to be the guilty of the offence. The offences mentioned under the bill is said to be cognizable.

  5. The bill empowers the authorised officer to enter and search the place where the trade and commerce is carried on E-Cigarettes and can seize the property and records which is to be produced before the Judicial Magistrate of first class and such stocks are to be disposed by an authorised officer.

  6. However, the bill does not punish the users of E-Cigarette. The main idea of the Government is to abolish the available of E-Cigarette in the market so that the public cannot use them. View/Download the Bill: THE PROHIBITION OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES (PRODUCTION, MANUFACTURE, IMPORT, EXPORT, TRANSPORT, SALE, DISTRIBUTION, STORAGE AND ADVERTISEMENT) BILL, 2019

by Prithisha S



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