Following an advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to all states and UTs toban E-cigarettes and efforts of Consumer VOICE and its state partners in highlighting the ill effects of e-cigarettes, the government of Tamil Nadu issued an order on 3rd of September 2018, calling for a ban onE Cigarettes in state.
Taking a cue from this, Consumer VOICE and its partners have written letters to the Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers urging them to ban E-cigarettes in their respective states.
The advisory states that Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) aerosol contains nicotine, theaddictive component of tobacco products. In addition to creating dependence, nicotine canhave adverse effects on the development ofthe foetus during pregnancy. It may contributeto cardiovascular disease to the people who use ENDS. Also, nicotine may function as a”tumour promoter” and seems to be involved in the biology of malignant diseases. Foetaland adolescent nicotine exposure may have long-term consequences for braindevelopment, potentially leading to learning and anxiety disorders. A number of metals -including lead, chromium, and nickel, and chemicals like formaldehyde have been found inaerosols of some ENDS, with concentrations equal to or greater than traditional cigarettes,under normal experimental conditions of use.
In the larger interest of the states, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has therefore advised the State governments and UTs to ban use of e-cigarettes, e-sheeshah, e-and nicotine flavoured hookah. It has also urged all not to manufacture, distribute or advertise e-cigarettes and its related products.
Consumer VOICE and its state partners have welcomed the decision of the Ministry. Some of the other states who have already banned e-cigarettes other than Tamil Nadu are Bihar, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Mizoram, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.
Through the efforts of the government and NGOs, the day where all the states and UTs will have a blanket ban on e-cigarettes is not far.
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