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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. E-cigarette sales allowed except in 7 states - Bihar, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Mizoram, Jamma & Kashmir where ENDS are banned. Delhi & Maharashtra were also considering a ban. However recent advice from the Government Ministry of Welfare & Families issued in August 2018, advised all states to prohibit sales, import and advertisement of ecigarettes.

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import device - trade
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. E-cigarette sales allowed except in 7 states - Bihar, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Mizoram, Jamma & Kashmir where ENDS are banned. Delhi & Maharashtra were also considering a ban. However recent advice from the Government Ministry of Welfare & Families issued in August 2018, advised all states to prohibit sales, import and advertisement of ecigarettes.

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+ [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. E-cigarette sales allowed except in 7 states - Bihar, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Mizoram, Jamma & Kashmir where ENDS are banned. Delhi & Maharashtra were also considering a ban. However recent advice from the Government Ministry of Welfare & Families issued in August 2018, advised all states to prohibit sales, import and advertisement of ecigarettes.

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Tuesday, June 04, 2019
  • Maharashtra and Rajasthan take leap towards no smoking, issue ban on e-cigarettes, vapes and e-hookahs

  • Maharashtra and Rajasthan have decided to ban e-cigarettes in an attempt to discourage nicotine addiction. Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement and said that electronic nicotine delivery systems may be as harmful as conventional tobacco products. 

    Apart from e-cigarettes, Maharashtra has also banned vapes and e-hookahs. Identifying the threats they pose on the lives of people, the two states issued a circular banning the production, distribution and sales of e-cigarettes. 

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Study indicates e-cigarettes as potential gateway to tobacco consumption in India

  • Around 80 percent of e-cigarette users in India had not used any tobacco product previously, making e-cigarettes a potential gateway to tobacco consumption, according to a study released by a Non-Government Organization (NGO) Wednesday.

    The study has prompted Salaam Bombay Foundation to demand a blanket ban on e-cigarettes and other vaping products ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, attributing these as pathways to tobacco addiction.

  • Monday, May 27, 2019
  • ‘90% deaths due to cancer caused by tobacco intake’

  • Nine out of 10 deaths caused by cancer are due to consumption of tobacco. In India, 7300 people die every year because of passive smoking, said Dr Arvind Pancholia, a member of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Indore chapter on Sunday. [...] Pancholia said smoking is not only harmful for smokers, but also deadly for foetus. While discussing about ill effects of tobacco, the doctors associated with IMA Indore chapter stressed on sensitizing people.

     

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • India has over 100 million adult smokers, yet it wants a safer alternative banned

  • One would think that in a country with 100 million adult smokers, health officials would do anything to prevent the consumption of cigarettes.

    Yet, India is pushing for bans and regulations of products like e-cigarettes that are not only much safer than traditional cigarettes, but are also the preferred method for smoking cessation in many countries. As much as 13% of the 720,000 annual premature deaths in India are tobacco-related. [...]

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Over 3,000 vapers petition to PM to legalise e-cigarettes

  • Amid a raging debate over banning of (ENDS) in the country, including and flavoured hookah, more than 3,000 users of these devices have written to Narendra Modi, requesting him to legalise them.

    In their petition, they claimed their health has improved significantly after they switched to vaping from conventional cigarettes.

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2019
  • India’s huge tobacco burden and the need for harm reduction alternatives such as ENDS

  • Tobacco smoking is one of the world’s and India’s biggest and most preventable cause of early death and a blight on culture and society. With 120 million tobacco smokers, India is the second largest consumer of combustion-based tobacco products globally and witnesses over one million deaths per year due to tobacco related illness. Despite efforts to reduce tobacco burden by means of taxation, stringent labelling requirements, etc., cigarette volumes have not witnessed significant decline in India.