The Indian government has introduced an official ban on the sale, production, import and advertising of electronic cigarettes in the country, according to Reuters. Violators face from one year (for the first violation) to three years in prison and fines from one and a half to seven thousand dollars in equivalent. They will not be punished for using electronic cigarettes, but getting them will not be easy.
“ These new products have an attractive appearance and taste, and their use by children and youth in developed countries has gained exponential growth and the scale of the epidemic, ” the Indian Ministry of Health said in a statement.
The ban came amid reports from the United States about deaths due to an unknown lung disease. Since then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has counted six deaths that may be associated with the use of electronic cigarettes. Doctors fear that flavored vapors may encourage young people to try tobacco. Electronic cigarettes have already been banned in some US states, as well as in Singapore.