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India bans e-cigarettes, says they’re a risk to young people

2019-09-18

E-cigarettes are going up in smoke in India.

The nation’s government approved a ban of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday, labeling the products as dangerous to people’s health.

"Its use has increased exponentially and has acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children," reads a statement released by India’s government.

The exact date that the ban will go into effect has not been announced, but e-cigarettes will not be allowed to be sold, made, advertised, exported or imported in India once it does.

First-time offenders could see a year in prison, a fine of $1,390 or both. Second-time offenders, meanwhile, could get up to three years behind bars, a nearly $7,000 fine or both.

The move was given the OK by India’s Cabinet.

More than 900,000 people die each year in India due to illnesses that stem from tobacco, according to CNN. That’s the second highest total of any country, trailing on China.

Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s minister of finance, said reports have indicated that users of e-cigarettes are becoming addicted to them after product was billed as a way to stop smoking.

With News Wire Services