The tragic aspect of this action is that it was enacted to target solely the established safer options, producing it counterproductive to public wellness. Though the Karnataka government had banned the sale and production of e-cigarettes in June 2016, getting the devices illegally remains widespread across the state.
“ENDS are revolutionary clean nicotine delivery systems that involve no combustion and thus generate lowered emissions and toxic byproducts by at least an order of magnitude.”
“Despite this, we obtain that illegal sale of e-cigarettes is rampant in the State. The Cybercrime police not too long ago issued notices to e-commerce platforms cautioning them that they can’t sell e-cigarettes on the web. Also customs officials have been seizing nicotine cartridges and e-cigarettes from people today flying into Karnataka from outdoors,” stated U.S. Vishal Rao, member of the State government’s Higher-Powered Committee on Tobacco Handle.
“Nicotine is utilised as a direct substance in e-cigarettes and the content material ranges up to 36 mg/mL. Though typical cigarettes as well have nicotine, it is in the variety of 1.two to 1.four mg/mL,” added Rao.
In line with these arguments, according to a June report by the Press Trust of India, a proposal by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board of India, plans to prohibit the sale, manufacture, import and distribution of all ENDS, beneath Sections 26A and 10A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The proposal states that, “After revisiting its earlier deliberations, the Drugs Consultative Committee has concluded that these devices fall beneath the definition of ‘drug’.”
A Counterproductive move to public wellness
Meanwhile, public wellness professionals amongst whom renowned anti-smoking researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, agree that such a stance will prove counterproductive to the neighborhood smoking epidemic. In an short article on ET by the cardiologist disseminated the scenario and explained it in detail.
“While India continues its fight against rampant tobacco use, especially cigarette smoking, policymakers are nonetheless grappling to realize the idea of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) are revolutionary clean nicotine delivery systems that involve no combustion and thus generate lowered emissions and toxic byproducts by at least an order of magnitude,” explained Farsalinos.
Study Additional: The Hindu
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