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Kerala: Govt decides to ban e-cigarettes

The move comes in the wake of recent claiming that e-cigarettes can cause cancer and heart ailments

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: July 1, 2016 12:04 pm
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Kerala government has decided to ban ‘electronic cigarette’ in view of studies claiming that its use can cause various health issues, including cancer and heart ailments.

State Health Minister K K Shylaja on Thursday directed the additional chief secretary (health) to issue an order banning the production, sale and advertisement of ‘electronic cigarette’ alias ‘e-cigarette’.

E-cigarettes are handy devices that emit doses of vaporised nicotine.

An official release here today said that there were media reports that the e-cigarette market was flourishing in Kerala targeting youth and children.

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The state drugs enforcement authorities had also found that the device is widely used for smoking ganja, hashish and other narcotic substance.

It was also found that use of e-cigarettes among children would result in indiscriminate use of original cigarettes and other substances in the long run, it said.

A series of studies conducted in the US and Japan has proved that the usage of e-cigarette would cause cancer and heart ailments.

The e-cigarettes are being marketed in Kerala through unauthorised courier services and online sites, it said.

An expert committee appointed by the Centre to study the ill effects of e-cigarette had recommended banning the device in the country in 2014 itself, the release said, adding that the Indian Medical Association was also in favour of banning it.

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    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:51 am
    Normal cigarette also causes cancer....lt;br/gt;So why did Indian government ban it..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Is it because they are afraid of cigarette manufacturing corporates or because they get more tax form companies selling them...
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      antony stewart
      Nov 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm
      This seems like evidence of a scandal.. Normal cigarette vendors must have given Kerala a brown envelope. E-cigarette is pharmaceutical grade glycol and glycerol, which decompose into much less dangerous products than tobacco. EVERYONE KNOWS ITS LESS DANGEROUS THAN TOBACCO, unless they have never studied chemistry. I am fairly good at chemistry and biology, just look at the residues from normal cigarettes in a lab, they are 100ds times more reactive, tarry, and copious.