Violators will be slapped with massive fines
India has banned the production, sale, import and advertising of vaping products.
The move comes as part of an initiative to stop the “impact of e-cigarettes on the youth,” the country’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday.
First-time offenders face up to a year in prison and $1,400 fine, while repeat offenders face the prospect of a three-year sentence and $7,000 fine. It’s still technically legal to smoke an e-cigarette in India, but finding a legal supply of nicotine to smoke will be difficult.
“The decision to prohibit e-cigarettes will help protect the population, especially the youth and children, from the risk of addiction through e-cigarettes,” said India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a press release.
“These products are usually marketed as being safer alternatives for conventional cigarettes but such notions of safety are false.”