NEW DELI – India became the latest country after Brazil and Thailand to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. In what could potentially be the biggest move against vaping globally over growing health concerns.
The ban, which also covers the production, import and advertising of e-cigarettes. Cutting off a huge future market from e-cigarette makers at a time when the number of people smoking worldwide is declining.
India has 106 million smokers, second only to China.
China’s government has launched anti-smoking campaigns in an effort to improve public health. Earlier this year it released a draft document suggesting that China’s laws regulating e-cigarettes would resemble those in Europe.
China is the world’s largest single market for tobacco consumption with over 300 million smokers.
Thailand banned the sale and use of e-cigarettes since 2014 for health reasons. Saying electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking. Being one of the most visited countries in the world, the use of e-cigarettes, even by travelers could lead to a heavy fine.
US to Remove Flavored e-cigarettes from Stores
Last week plans to remove flavored e-cigarettes from stores, warning that sweet flavors had drawn millions of children into nicotine addiction.
The ban would include mint and menthol flavoring as well as bubble gum, candy, fruit, alcohol and other flavors.
The move came after U.S. health authorities were investigating a handful of deaths and potentially hundreds of lung illnesses tied to vaping.
A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products.It would also have a chilling effect on the little-regulated $2.6 billion industry. Roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops have sprung up across the country in the past few years.
On Monday, the F.D.A. accused Juul of illegally marketing its products as safer than traditional cigarettes. A ban on most flavors would be a direct hit on Juul’s business; flavored products account for about 85 percent of domestic sales, company officials have said.