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Govt bans e-cigarettes amid global concern over health risks

Cabinet decided to ban e-cigarettes as they pose health risk to people, especially the youth

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India became the latest country to ban electronic cigarettes as concern grows worldwide over health risks associated with the smokeless nicotine devices popular with teenagers. Image via Shutterstock The government will ban the production and sales of e-cigarettes, it announced after a cabinet meeting Wednesday.

Originally touted as a safer alternative to wean people off cigarettes, the e-cigarettes have come under widespread attack in America, especially for its appeal among young people. India’s decision shows that the industry is coming under ...

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First Published: Wed, September 18 2019. 15:18 IST