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Each country profile draws together some of the key statistics and regulatory information for each country in relation to smoking tobacco and safer nicotine products.

Until recently e-cigarettes have been legal to sell and use in most of India, although the import, sale, possession, use and distribution of e-cigarettes, its components and liquids were banned in the states of Bihar, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Mizoram, Jammu & Kashmir, and in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. However, in August 2018 the Government Ministry of Welfare & Families issued 'advice' for all states to prohibit sales, import and advertisement of e-cigarettes. The 'advice' puts the onus on the individual states, they are free to ignore it, but it's unlikely they will, at most they might delay implementation. Central Government controls imports through the Customs, and states might face legal challenges in their jurisdictions asking them to explain why they have not followed through on the central advisory. Many sellers of e-cigarettes have reportedly shut or are shutting shop. Some commentators see this move as bolstering the tobacco industry in India.
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 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 tables 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.

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