New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday asked the states to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, vape, e-sheesha, e-hookah etc. in a bid to protect children, adolescents and women of reproductive age from several health risks. Children and non-smokers using such products could switch to cigarettes once they get addicted to nicotine, it added.
It further said that devices as such enabled nicotine delivery and hence should not be sold either online or offline. The advisory also stated that these should not be manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in the state jurisdictions, 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 thereunder.