In India, the future of the e-cigarette seems increasingly dark and uncertain. A few days ago, the Indian Department of Health called for an end to the sale or import of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco devices like the one Philip Morris International Inc. plans to launch in the United States. country.
A few days ago, the Indian Ministry of Health called for an end to the sale or import of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco devices.
India has strict laws to deter smoking, which according to the government kills more than 900 000 people each year. According to the World Health Organization, the country still has 106 millions of adult smokers. In an opinion addressed to state governments, the Ministry of Health stated that vaping and heated tobacco devices constituted a "great health risk" and that children and non-smokers using such products could become addicted to drugs. with nicotine.
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The government's position with tobacco giant Philip Morris, which plans to launch its iQOS device in India. According to Reuters, Philip Morris works to the arrival of its heated tobacco system as a risk reduction product in the country.
But the Ministry of Health has been clear and is asking Indian states to "guarantee" that ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system) including e-cigarettes are no longer sold, manufactured or imported into the country.
According to the Ministry, these devices " represent a significant risk to the health of the general public, especially children, adolescents, pregnant women and women of childbearing age".
A senior health official said the government " sent a strong message "Concerning the harmfulness of its products for the population.
Last year, a resident of New Delhi complained to the Delhi District Court to demand regulation of the e-cigarette. In order to clarify matters, the court asked the federal Department of Health a few days ago to specify the date by which regulatory measures must be announced.
« The case was filed to highlight the absolute lack of regulation. It is now essential that strict implementation measures are taken" , said Bhuvanesh Sehgal, a lawyer based in Delhi.
In recent years, the Indian government has stepped up tobacco control efforts, including increasing taxes on cigarettes but also banning the use of e-cigarettes in many states.