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Parliament Approves Bill To Ban E-Cigarettes

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New Delhi: To protect the youth and children from dangers, a bill banning e-cigarettes has been approved in Parliament.

After discussions, the Rajya Sabha has passed the Electronic Cigarettes (Manufacturing, Import, Export, Transport, Sales, Distribution, Storage and Advertising) Prohibition Bill, 2019.

Lok Sabha passed it last week

Responding to the discussion on the bill presented on 28 November in the Upper House, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan said, All the major tobacco companies of the world have started producing e-cigarettes in India and are preparing to target the youth. In this view, the government has banned e-cigarettes through an ordinance.

Responding to the questions of various members during the discussion, Dr. Harshvardhan said, “There is enough evidence to suggest that in the coming time e- cigarettes can become a major problem, therefore, the government cannot sit back with its hands on hands in view of its seriousness.

The bill was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha.

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