'E-cigarettes banned, Bill passes in Parliament; Sale, import & production prohibited': MoS Health

New Delhi: Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said today the Government of India has prohibited electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and like devices through promulgation of ‘The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 on 18 September, 2019.

All State and Union Territory (UT) Governments, Director General of Police of all States & UTs and stakeholders, Central Government Ministries and Departments were requested to take necessary steps for the implementation of the provisions of the Ordinance.

Implementing agencies were also sensitized through a Video Conference for ensuring the implementation of the Ordinance. Further, a stakeholder meeting was organized with Central Government Ministries and Departments for implementation of the Ordinance.

The Bill to replace the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 22 November. The Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha on 27 November and by the Rajya Sabha on 2 December.

The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.


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