The Government of India prohibited electronic-cigarettes and like devices through promulgation of ‘The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 on 18th September, 2019.
All the States/UT Governments, Director General of Police of all States/UTs and Stakeholder, Central Government Ministries/Departments were requested to take necessary steps for implementation of the provisions of the Ordinance. Implementing agencies were also sensitized through a Video Conference for ensuring the implementation of the Ordinance. Further, a stakeholder meeting was organized with Central Government Ministries / Departments for implementation of the Ordinance.
The Bill to replace the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 22.11.2019. The Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha on 27.11.2019 and by the Rajya Sabha on 02.12.2019.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.