Import and production of e-cigarettes may be soon banned in India. The Union Health Ministry may propose this ban in the interest of public health and safety.
The ministry feels that active or passive use of such products can adversely affect the health and it needs to ensure that e-cigarettes or similar technologies do not become an epidemic.
The draft proposes jail term of one year and a fine of Rs.1 lakh for the first time offenders and imprisonment of up to 3 years and a penalty of up to Rs. 5 lakh for repeat offenders.
This order, if passed, may serve a blow to multiple international brands hoping to launch their products in India.