However, the Delhi High Court stayed the Directorate General of Health Services Central Drugs Standard Control circular and directed the Government to file their appeal and listed the case hearing for May 17. This is infact disheartening when especially the health effects of e-cigarettes are equally grave if not more than normal cigarettes. However the Delhi High Court stay doesn’t apply to the 11 states and 1 UT which have banned E-cigarettes.
“We urge the states to use the Health Ministry advisory to ban E-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products and protect the youth in their state. E-cigarettes pose significant health risks to users that are frighteningly similar to those of conventional cigarettes “said Shri Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE New Delhi.
Consumer VOICE has sent press releases to its partner states (Madhya Pradesh, Andhara Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Assam, Goa, Odisha) urging them to ban e-cigarettes as per the advisory of the MoHFW.