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Health Risks of Vaping

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Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as vapes, are banned in India by the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage, and Advertisement) Act, 2019. This act completely bans the sale, purchase, production, and distribution of e-cigarettes, or e-hookah, with or without nicotine. The production and sale of vapes may lead to punishments of up to one year and a fine, or a fine that may extend to `1 lakh or both, and, for the second or subsequent offence, imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years and a fine that may extend to `5 lakh. In the case of a person who stockpiles vapes, they will be punished for the term which may extend to six months, and a fine of up to `50,000. E-cigarettes come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours, and their use has increased manifold during the last few years, especially among the youth and children.

There is a huge debate over vaping around the globe. Some of the advocates of e-cigarettes say vaping, which usually involves vapour inhalation of liquid nicotine, is less harmful than smoking tobacco, but many tobacco control activists are opposed to this statement and say that vapes can push the young generation towards nicotine addiction because of their cost, looks, aesthetics, and flavour range. More than 9 million people in India die because of tobacco-related illnesses, and the number can go up manifold if e-cigarettes are allowed in the Indian market, which has a population of around 1.43 billion. The Indian vape market was worth around `57 million in 2018 before the ban and was expected to increase by 60% by the end of 2022, according to Euromonitor International.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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