The union government has put a ban on the sale and production of e-cigarettes on Wednesday, September 18.
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
The production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and even advertisements related to e-cigarettes are now banned.
The move, which appeared unannounced took netizens by surprise.
E-cigarettes banned, says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman – Shd this not come from Min of Health? How about banning gutka too? How about MoF announcing some fiscal measures to revive economy? https://t.co/9c4hpRlUUD— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) 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
E-cigarettes have been banned after allegations from the Indian tobacco lobby, including tobacco farmers, that the manufacturers who sold in India weren’t using Indian tobacco.— Vibhor Verma (@VibhorVerma92) September 18, 2019
Disappointed to see FM now trying to do moral policing….why only ban e cigarette…ban all kinds of cigarettes…— Charanjeet Singh (@charanjeet232) September 18, 2019
What about gutka?— Purba Gilani (@PurbaGilani2) September 18, 2019
I do understand that e-cigarettes is a new trend catching up as an alternative to cigarettes. But, should cigarettes themselves, not just e-cigarettes, not be banned? Are cigarettes themselves not more harmful than e-cigarettes? No steps towards a better health & quality of life?— Deven Kanade (@Deven_Kanade) September 18, 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
So e-cigarettes kill you and tobacco/normal cigarettes provides you with health benefits? #ecigarettes#CabinetDecisions pic.twitter.com/ymm0LIEoKt— Nihal Kirnalli (@NihalKirnalli) September 18, 2019
FINANCE MINISTRY INVITED PRESS CONFERENCE JUST TO ANNOUNCE BAN ON E-CIGARETTES.— IGrain India Rahul Chauhan (@rc_capricon) September 18, 2019
NO OTHER MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT MADE?
DO YOU FEEL ISN'T WASTAGE OF TIME, RESOURCES N MONEY?
CAN'T SAME ORDINANCE BE ANNOUNCED THROUGH CIRCULAR.
Paper rolled #tobacco based cigarettes are good as per our govt and tabacco free aerosol based e-cigrattes are bad.— Kumauni (@tterIndia) September 18, 2019
How much tabacco mafia pays our politicians to keep e-cigrattes out ?
Fyi, Tabacco consumption gives many cancers and many diseases related to heart & lungs etc.
Sale of Bidies are down coz millennials are buying e-Cigarettes.— JS (@Kepler___22) September 18, 2019
How many electoral bonds do you think big tobacco bought to have e-cigarettes banned in India?— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) September 18, 2019
Cigarettes not banned but e-cigarettes are now banned. While there is more and more evidence that e-cigarettes are harmful there is little evidence to show that they are MORE harmful than regular cigarettes. https://t.co/Bu1nqdZO8F— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) September 18, 2019
Government has banned E-Cigarettes because they are injurious to health but government has not banned regular cigarettes. Maine kahaa, hypocrisy ki bhi seema hoti hai.— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) September 18, 2019
Why not ban cigarettes as well which is more harmful than e-cigarettes?#ecigarettes aur cigrattes?? 👇@narendramodi @BJP4India pic.twitter.com/u4cLiR2VUi— Thor (@godd_of_thundr) September 18, 2019
Only time will tell whether the ban will have any further consequences or will it stay limited to e-cigarettes only.