Despite a ban on the sale, export and import of e-cigarettes in India, the use of vapes is a common sight these days in metro cities. A vaping advocate and health expert tell us why the ban does not really contribute to tobacco harm reduction
As of 2019, vaping is illegal in India. Image credit: iStock
The Indian government, in September 2019, passed an act prohibiting the production and sale of electronic cigarettes, which also includes all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) such as vapes or vape pens. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, these devices usually contain e-liquid--made of nicotine derived from tobacco, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and other flavourings—which is heated to create an aerosol that the user inhales.