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  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Doctors’ concerns over e-cigarette ban

  • A fixture of the public health crisis since the announcement of the Government of India’s e-cigarette ban has been the expression of doctors’ concerns – and a number have been expressed since the ban was announced.
    [...] “There is data available regarding e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices from the UK, so Indian studies should have been taken up by the government as well as health organisations,” said Dr Bharat Ghopal, the senior pulmonologist and director of the National Chest Centre in Delhi. ‘A lot of smokers come to us asking for alternatives so that they can quit smoking. [...]

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Doctors raise concern that ban on e-cigarettes will increase cancer, lung diseases cases

  • After Parliament passed the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019, doctors have raised concerns about people becoming vulnerable to chronic heart and lung diseases.

    Suggesting that the government should have conducted more studies before banning e-cigarettes, Dr Bharat Gopal, Senior Pulmonologist and Director of National Chest Centre, Delhi, said, "There is data available regarding e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices from the UK, so Indian studies should have been taken up by the government as well as health organisations. [...]

  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019
  • E-cigarettes set to be banned in India as Parliament passes bill

  • Parliament on Monday passed a bill which seeks to prohibit the production, trade, transport, storage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes in the country. "We have done it with very pious intention. There is no vested interest," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told the House in his reply on the bill.

    During the debate on the bill, some members expressed apprehensions that the government had brought this bill under pressure from tobacco lobby and demanded the ban be extended to raw tobacco and conventional cigarettes.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Children in Delhi smoke 10 cigarettes a day just by breathing

  • Smoking is injurious to health'. We see this slogan pasted everywhere, from movie scenes to massive roadside banners. Smoking is also prohibited to minors. Yet, children in Delhi are smoking 10 cigarettes every day, just by breathing the city's toxic air. The India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) found that, on an average, every Delhi resident smoked about 340 cigarettes between 20 October to 21 November because of the high pollution in the city's air.

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • ‘War on tobacco: think ahead of industry’

  • Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, a head and neck cancer surgeon from Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital has been a vociferous critic of tobacco use. The surgeon played a crucial role in Maharashtra’s gutkha ban and pushing the Centre to print gory pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. Dr. Chaturvedi talks to The Hindu about why the Centre’s move to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices (ENDS) was essential, and his concerns about the government’s failure to curb tobacco usage through smoking and chewing. [...]

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
  • Export Of Electronic Cigarettes Banned, Says Centre

  • The commerce ministry on Monday said it has banned exports of electronic cigarettes, e-Hookah and other similar devices.
    The notification was issued to comply with the government's ordinance issued on September 18 to ban production, import, distribution and sale of electronic cigarettes.

    "Export of electronic cigarettes including all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Burn products, e-Hookah and the like devices by whatever name called and whatever shape, size or form it may have...is prohibited," [...]