Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman declaring the ban said they were also listed as non-cognizable offenses. As per the draft ordinance, violations would cost up to Rs 1 lakh, serving one-year jail term or both. And, in case the offense is found to be repeated, the violations would cost up to three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
However, tradition cigarettes are legal in India with high taxes. A spokesperson from India’s health ministry said these novel products like e-cigarettes come in market with attractive appearances and multiple flavors and their use has accrued exponentially and acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, particularly among youth and children.
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