India Bans Electronic Cigarettes In The Country. This was part of the negative criticism that has been going around worldwide towards electronic cigarettes.
On Wednesday, the Indian government has publicised that it will not allow the importing, selling and making of electronic cigarettes. This was part of the negative criticism that has been going around worldwide towards electronic cigarettes. The choice was made with the youth in mind, according to the country’s finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.
The finance Minister says, “The decision was made keeping in mind the impact that e-cigarettes have on the youth of today.” Minister Nirmala Sitharaman went on to say that the cabinet chose to cancel electronic cigarettes and items that are the same because they pose a health risk to individuals, mostly the youth who get into the habit of smoking electronic cigarettes because it “seems cool.” The minister says electronic cigarettes are being used as a style statement instead of being used as a product that helps in terminating tobacco addiction. The same action was taken by Michigan and New York in the United States America.
New York was the second state in the United States of America after it publicised its ban on Tuesday. In South Africa it is said that the use of electronic cigarettes may rise if it is not taken care of. Zanele Mthembu, the Development and Public Health consultant of Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, says that it might worsen since some of the famous electronic cigarettes are looking for chances to grow their market in Africa. “In South Africa, we’re seeing e-cigarettes marketed in upmarket malls as an aspirational product and the colourful packaging is made very desirable to the youth,” says Zanele Mthembu. She went on to say that some companies also market their electronic cigarette products on social media to the youth.
by Alexandra Ramaite