India has become the latest country after the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in a global move over health concerns about vaping. The ban also covers the production, import and advertising of e-cigarettes.
India has 106 million adult smokers, second only to China in the world, making it a lucrative market for companies making vaping products, according to Reuters.
The ban comes at a time when vaping is facing increased scrutiny in other countries.The United States last week announced plans to remove flavoured e-cigarettes from stores, warning that sweet flavours had drawn millions of children into nicotine addiction.
Two states – New York and Michigan – have bans in place on flavoured e-cigarettes, as federal health officials investigate a handful of deaths and potentially hundreds of lung illnesses tied to vaping. In China, online marketplaces Alibaba and JD.com have pulled vaping products made by U.S.-based Juul Labs from their offerings, just a week after they debuted.