Despite disastrous smoking rates, India still does not seem to want to adopt e-cigarettes. After the states of Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram Jammu-Kashmir and Maharashtra, Rajasthan would also be on the point to ban vaping. A study of the health department will soon indicate whether the electronic cigarette is harmful or not.
According to our confreres of Times of India"Next Thursday, the health department will launch a new study to determine the potential" harmfulness "of the e-cigarette. This study should in principle focus on the presence of nicotine in the electronic cigarette.
Kalicharan Saraf, the health minister said that if the study showed a nuisance, instructions will be issued to ban it in the state of Rajasthan.
Social organizations and activists have for their part hailed the movement. " Rajasthan could be the next state to ban the electronic cigarette. So far, states, including Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram Jammu-Kashmir and Maharashtra have made this decision. But in Rajasthan, e-cigarettes are sold in pharmacies and even on the internet" said Jayesh Joshi, secretary of Vaagdhara, an organization working for tobacco control in Rajasthan.
It is important to point out that the pressure has been strong for some time, health activists and state specialists continually demanding the ban on electronic cigarettes in Rajasthan.