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Govt considers banning e-cigarettes

DNDEL9407 | 9/14/2017 | Author : Maitri Porecha | WC :239 | India



Regulating the market of e-cigarettes has left the Central government mulling over how to ban them. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is in a fix so as to ban e-cigarettes under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), Drugs and Cosmetics Act (DCA) or the Poisons Act.
Last week, MoHFW had convened a meeting of three committees that it has constituted for formulating laws to regulate e-cigarettes -- legal, advocacy and health -- for reviewing their findings. “The legal group submitted a report asking the ministry to ban e-cigarettes under COTPA, DCA or Poisons Act. However, only Ministry of Home Affairs has the powers to declare any substance as ‘poison’, so their opinion ought be taken,” a member of the legal co
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