#BanOnEcigarettes : What are electronic cigarettes?

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New Delhi, 19th September 2019. The Cabinet has
taken a decision to ban e-cigarettes. The ban means the production, manufacturing,
import/export, sale, storage and advertising of e-cigarettes are banned. This
is keeping in mind the impact it is having on the youth today, said FM
Sitharaman.

Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science
& Technology, Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, tweeted –

“#BanOnEcigarettes

Violations are cognizable & attract punishment such as
imprisonment & fine.

First offence calls for imprisonment up to 1 year or fine up
to Rs 1 lakh or both; & imprisonment of up to 3 yrs. & fine up to Rs 5
lakh for subsequent offences.”

In another tweet Dr Harsh Vardhan said,

“#BanOnECigarettes

Following Govt ban, storage of e-cigarettes & the like
devices shall be punishable with an imprisonment of up to 6 months or fine up
to Rs 50,000 or both

This will protect people from these gateway products &
also cut tobacco consumption

#SwasthBharat

@PMOIndia”

What are electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes,
e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated
devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine
(though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. They can resemble
traditional tobacco cigarettes (cig-a-likes), cigars, or pipes, or even
everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks. Other devices, such as those
with fillable tanks, may look different. Regardless of their design and
appearance, these devices generally operate in a similar manner and are made of
similar components. More than 460 different e-cigarette brands are currently on
the market.

Some common nicknames for e-cigarettes are:

e-cigs

e-hookahs

hookah pens

vapes

vape pens

mods (customizable, more powerful vaporizers)

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