Earlier yesterday, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the government has decided to put a ban on e-cigarettes because of the health hazards associated with it.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman: The Union Cabinet has given approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned. pic.twitter.com/qayCrQHPZp— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2019
She justified the government’s stance by claiming that:
These e-cigarettes come in over 150 flavours, and it’s become a fashion. The reason is it’s odourless. However, the smoke that is exhaled by the users has a high-level of residual nicotine in it and those who passively inhale them are also affected.
However, netizens resorted to Twitter to contemplate why the government has only banned e-cigarettes and not beedis and tobacco cigarettes.
Why not ban all type of cigarettes ..? 🤔— Veena D (@The_veenaD) September 18, 2019
Next E-rickshaw will be banned to minimise pollution— AsGaR (@asgarhid) September 18, 2019
My Kidney will take better decisions than Nirmala Sitharaman’s brain #ecigarettes
Still trying to understand how #ecigarettes are more harmful than tobacco cigarettes, bidis, guthka. If one is banned then shouldn’t the others be too.??? Wonder which bright policy maker is going to try and justify this.. https://t.co/wh9vdTW7CH— Kalikesh Singh Deo (@DeoKalikesh) September 18, 2019
Govt has banned e-cigarettes because they are injurious to health.— gaurav1992 (@amera_gorav) September 18, 2019
Cigarettes are still not banned because they are healthy for the Govt’s bank balance.#ecigarettes
Whoever I have met smoking #ecigarettes lately have told me how it is so much safer than the normal cigarette. For someone like me who has never smoked, it was an alluring proposition. Good it is banned— Aman Sharma (@AmanKayamHai_ET) September 18, 2019
E-cigarettes banned, good. Very good. But curious why we don’t ban real cigarettes and beedis. Is the huge excise and GST collected more important than matters of public health? In that case why all this moral posturing?— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) September 18, 2019
Why just ban #ecigarettes?? Ban cigarettes too. Thousands if not more die every year due to smoking #cigarettes.— StableInvestor.com (@StableInvestor) September 18, 2019
But yeah… the revenue it brings on the table and hence, just put scary cancer pics on the cigarette boxes…
Good move but not enough. https://t.co/ziDkr7L55s
After e cigarette ban… Ppl r kinda mournful…. Like really in our Country ppl were addicted to E cigarette?? Itna electrified kb se?? I mean Be Raw guys!!— Pragya Sudesh (@PragyaSudesh) September 19, 2019
Why ? Are we looking for sanskari cigg now— just like that (@mattoo_rakesh) September 18, 2019
Sale of Regular cigarettes are down coz millennials are buying e-Cigarettes!— Divesh Singh (@YippeekiYay_DH) September 18, 2019
Ban on #ECigarettes is probably aimed at benefitting the Cigarette prouducing Tobacco companies who were facing threat from the e-cigarette firms.— Sagar Speaks ✍ (@SagarSpeaksNews) September 19, 2019
Not sure of what the government is trying to do by banning e-cigarettes while the normal cigarettes and hokkahs are allowed to use.— Pulkit Chokhani (@pulkitchokhani) September 18, 2019
There should be some justification for consumption of cigarettes too.#justsaying#ecigarettes
where is freedom of people?— ketulkumar (@Ketul1Indian) September 18, 2019
is this democracy?
Banned all sheesha bars but cigarettes at every street corner is fine #indianway— Gaurav Kamra (@thegarthd) September 18, 2019
Ban tobacco if you have guts— ruthless (@ruthlesstalk) September 18, 2019
#ecigarettes were bad for health so govt banned it. Only if real #cigarettes or other #tobacco products were bad for health, govt would have banned it too. Poor Mukesh Harane died of Cancer caused by e-cigarettes.— Faisal (@itsmeFSL) September 19, 2019
E-Cigarettes help smokers quit smoking real cigarettes.— Tanaya Patnaik (@tanaya_p) September 19, 2019
We ban E-Cigarettes.
E-Cigarettes are not more harmful than real cigarettes.
I understand, maybe it’s not possible to completely ban cigarettes. But why ban E-Cigarettes? #ecigarettes #ecigaretteban
Well, the lesser of the two evils is crucified.