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E-cigarette legislation 'all bark no bite', diluted under industry influence

A recipient of 2013 WHO award for fighting tobacco, he said the bill "partially addresses" the usage of e-cigarettes, which is less than 1 per cent of the real problem of nicotine abuse.

UK health policy body says e-cigarettes less harmful: Trade representatives' letter to Harsh Vardhan

The Union Health Ministry has put the draft of a bill, that will replace an ordinance issued in September to ban e-cigarettes, in public domain seeking feedback and comments from public. The ministry intends to introduce the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019, in the forthcoming session of Parliament.

3-year jail, Rs 5 lakh fine for offenders of e-cigarettes ban- Health and Family Welfare Secretary

While addressing a press conference in Delhi, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Preeti Sudan on e-cigarettes ban and its punishment proposed said, “The punishment proposed is imprisonment up to 1 year or a fine of up to Rs. 1 lakh, or both for the first offence and imprisonment of 3 years or a fine up to Rs. 5 lakhs or both, for subsequent offence.

Trade bodies, users term ordinance to ban e-cigarettes a draconian move

Association of Vapers India (AVI), an organisation representing e-cigarette users, said it is a black day for 11 crore smokers in India who have been deprived of safer options.

Cabinet likely to consider ordinance to ban e-cigarettes

The Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019, was recently examined by a Group of Ministers (GoM) following directions from the Prime Minister's Office.

Ordinance on e-cigarettes welcome but only total ban can solve problem: Experts

Concerns have spiralled after the deaths of two youths in the US, one in June and another in August, were tied to vaping.

Government re-initiates process of amending Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act

The aim is to make it more effective and more inclined to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) guidelines, sources said. Currently, the penalty for smoking in restricted areas is up to Rs 200.

Health Ministry mulls ban on loose cigarettes. Will this help reduce smoking?

The Union Health Ministry has re-initiated the process of amending the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in a bid to strengthen its provisions, including a ban on the sale of loose cigarettes and heavy fine for violation of rules.

What India needs to do with e-cigarettes: Tighter regulations or complete ban?

As India cracks down on e-cigarettes, the vaping industry argues that its devices are far safer than cigarettes.

Budget 2019: Cigarette makers are unlikely to hike prices due to imposition of the excise duty, say analysts

An analyst, who requested anonymity, said cigarette companies can factor this excise duty impact when they hike prices next due to increase in tobacco prices.

India pushes for tobacco exports to China

India pushes for tobacco exports to China

India is the third largest producer and exporter of unmanufactured tobacco with exports more than Rs 5,000 crores to more than 115 destinations.

Budget 2019: FAIFA urges government to correct cigarette taxation error to lessen burden

Budget 2019: FAIFA urges government to correct cigarette taxation error to lessen burden

Cigarettes account for 86% of revenue from tobacco taxation, while the contribution to tax collections from beedi and smokeless tobacco are insignificant.

Rs 11.79 lakh cr Indian tobacco sector employs 4.5 cr people

Rs 11.79 lakh cr Indian tobacco sector employs 4.5 cr people

The study said the figures were arrived at by measuring the total cumulative intrinsic economic value generated by the sector over the years.

Philip Morris makes a case for scientifically substantiated smoke-free alternatives

Philip Morris makes a case for scientifically substantiated smoke-free alternatives

Philip Morris has urged the Indian government to create a regulatory environment for scientifically substantiated smoke-free alternatives.

E-cigarette lobby group wants Karnataka to lift ban on its use

E-cigarette lobby group wants Karnataka to lift ban on its use

Karnataka’s Health & Family Welfare department had, by a circular on June 15, 2016, said sale, manufacturing and distribution of e-cigarettes had been banned.

Commerce ministry asks health ministry to frame law to ban manufacture, sale of e-cigarettes

Commerce ministry asks health ministry to frame law to ban manufacture, sale of e-cigarettes

The health ministry had asked the commerce ministry to issue a notification banning import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah.

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