India Tightens Restrictions on E-Cigarettes Despite Easy Availability

India Tightens Restrictions on E-Cigarettes Despite Easy Availability
India strengthens enforcement of ban on e-cigarettes to combat ease of access and use by minors.

According to a report from The Hindu, despite India's 2019 ban on electronic cigarettes, they are still easily accessible for purchase online and in tobacco shops. Recently, the Indian Ministry of Health issued a notice demanding stricter enforcement of the law that prohibits the production, sale, and promotion of electronic cigarettes.

Additional restrictions imposed.

The "Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertising) Act" came into effect in India in 2019. The Health Ministry has directed all manufacturers, producers, importers and other related companies not to directly or indirectly produce, manufacture, import, export, transport, sell, distribute or store electronic cigarettes, whether it is a complete product or any of its parts.

In a recent notice issued by the Ministry of Health, all companies involved in the electronic cigarette industry are prohibited from advertising or participating in any direct or indirect promotion of electronic cigarettes.

The department added in its announcement that violations of the production, manufacture, import, export, transportation, sale (including online sales), distribution, storage, and advertising of electronic cigarettes are identifiable and will be punished according to the legal provisions of this legislation.

The issue of underage usage is a serious problem.

According to Binoy Mathew, manager of the Voluntary Health Association of India, although the Indian government banned e-cigarettes in 2019, they are still easily available for purchase in tobacco shops and online, and are being sold to minors under the age of 18.

He welcomes the government's release of notifications to the public to strictly enforce and implement the law.

Despite the fact that the sale of electronic cigarettes is facing heavy penalties and imprisonment, they are widely available through various channels including tobacco merchants, regular stores, and online suppliers. Underage individuals, including students, have extensively used electronic cigarettes.

Ranjit Singh, a lawyer at the Supreme Court of India, has stated during his practice that:

The ease with which banned products are being obtained in the Indian market is a cause for concern. Electronic cigarettes and similar products have enticing flavors that might lead the younger generation to develop nicotine addiction.

Strengthening the commitment to "ban electronic cigarettes

The announcement released by the Ministry of Health has increased public awareness of the ban on electronic cigarettes and provided detailed explanations of the provisions of the 2019 law banning electronic cigarettes. It has also strengthened the Indian government's determination to prohibit electronic cigarettes.

Each state government must take similar measures and strictly enforce the ban on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

India's Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to all state and federal chief secretaries, stating that reports indicate the continued sale of e-cigarettes and related devices in convenience stores, stationery shops, and near educational institutions, making it easy for young children to access these products.

Boushang emphasized in the letter:

The supply of these prohibited products is increasing, and authorities across the country need to pay careful attention and take action to ensure effective enforcement of the 2019 "Electronic Cigarette Ban" law.


The Centre has issued a public notice calling for stricter implementation of the law regarding violations of the vaping ban.

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