Herald: PMO takes cognisance of NOTE plea to ban e-cigarettes

PMO takes cognisance of NOTE plea to ban e-cigarettes

16 May 2019 06:06am IST

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16 May 2019 06:06am IST

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Section officer forwards the petition to Union Secy of Dept of Health and Family Welfare for appropriate action

PANJIM: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has taken cognisance of National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) general secretary Dr Shekhar Salkar’s petition to ban electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes in the country.

PMO section officer Alok Suman has forwarded the petition to Union Secretary of Department of Health and Family Welfare for appropriate action. 

In a communication to Dr Salkar, Suman has said that “A letter/gist of oral representation dated April 26, 2019 received in this office from Prof Shekhar Salkar is forwarded herewith for action as appropriate”. 

Dr Salkar in his letter had pointed out that the Delhi High Court in March observed that ENDS does not come under the definition of drugs and stayed a circular issued by Central Excise and Customs for implementation of advisory by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) that directed a ban on ENDS and e-cigarettes. 

The advisory by MHFW which directed a ban on ENDS had mentioned that the products cannot be sold (including sale), manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised, except for the purpose and in the manner and to the extent as may be approved under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and rules made under the law. 

Seeking attention towards the online promotion by e-cigarette companies, Salkar said “The design and packaging of ENDS and its availability in different flavours is purely to attract youth to a new form of addiction. Nicotine addiction through the consumption of e-cigarettes is known to act as a gateway product and has increased the risk of using conventional tobacco products among youth and young adults.”

Eleven States, including Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Mizoram and the Union Territory of Puducherry, have already banned e-cigarettes in respective jurisdictions.



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