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India’s reason to ban vaping has little to do with its impact on health

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  • Niharika Sharma
By Niharika Sharma

Reporter

Young people making a style statement with e-cigarettes, “to look cool,” has India concerned.

An executive order banning the production, import, sale, storage and advertising of vaping products in the country was passed yesterday (Sept. 18), citing its rising popularity among the youth. First-time offenders could face up to one year in prison and a Rs1 lakh ($1,397) fine, subsequent violations will cost up to three years in jail and a Rs5 lakh fine.

The ordinance will be taken up for discussion in the next session of parliament on Dec. 2. 

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