💠💠 E -cigarettes are set to be banned in India on the grounds that they are “drugs".
Recognizing their harmful effects, the health ministry has decided to ban the nicotine inhalers, also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), that are popular among smokers.
A notification to this effect is likely to be issued soon, two health ministry officials aware of the matter said, requesting anonymity.
The proposal to ban the battery-operated products is part of the “first 100 days’ agenda" of the Narendra Modi government.
These devices do not burn tobacco leaves, but use a heating element to turn a liquid nicotine solution into vapours, which the user inhales.
E-cigarettes are unlicensed products and have made their way into India illegally. Marketed as a product that can help smokers quit, e-cigarettes have also become a fashion statement among young tobacco users.